Minister of Justice orders review into fatal cougar shooting
Published Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:56PM MDT Last Updated Saturday, September 20, 2014 3:06PM MDT
The body of a cougar is removed from the South Health Campus on Thursday
Jonathan Denis, Alberta’s Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, has ordered a review of the decision to euthanize a wild animal outside of Calgary’s South Health Campus.
On Thursday morning, Fish and Wildlife officers fatally shot a cougar on the hospital grounds following failed tranquilization attempts during a three hour ordeal.
In order to ‘ensure proper procedure and protocol was followed’, Denis announced on Saturday that a review of the incident has been ordered. The findings of the review are expected to be made available to the public.
"We have to look at human safety as well as the welfare of animals," explained Denis. "In this particular situation, I want to make sure proper practices were followed."