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CRAWFORD BAY, B.C. — “Does anyone know someone who owns a cheetah?”

That’s the question Creston RCMP has been asking since one was spotted on Highway 3A by a driver yesterday afternoon, near the town of Crawford Bay and Kootenay Bay.

Upon receiving a report of the big cat, RCMP immediately consulted with the British Columbia Conservation Services, and both agencies have been working together since the sighting in attempts to find the cheetah.

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“BC Conservation Services advises that a cheetah is typically shy and less aggressive then other members of the Felidae Pantherineae (large cat) family,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk stated.

“Regardless of it having a collar on, it should be considered and respected as a wild animal. Public safety along with the animal’s welfare are paramount at this time.”

RCMP noted that the cheetah was wearing an orange collar.

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