Cheetah spotted wandering around southern British Columbia

Cheetah on the loose

When Canadians manage to spot and capture images of wild cats, whether it’s a lynx or bobcat, it’s a stunning and rare sight that always garners lots of attention online. After all, it’s not every day you get to see such elusive animals.

But after yesterday’s sighting in southern British Columbia, capturing a glimpse of a lynx or bobcat might feel a bit more mundane.

Photo released by Creston RCMP

Creston RCMP are warning residents to be on the lookout for a cheetah, after it was seen wandering along Highway 3A near Kootenay Bay, B.C. These photos were taken on Thursday afternoon by a passing motorist, who later contacted authorities.

While the B.C. Conservation Service says that cheetahs are typically more shy and less aggressive than other large cats, they should be treated as wild animals. That may sound like obvious advice, but it’s worth noting, since this cheetah was spotted wearing an orange cloth collar. According to CBC, authorities are hoping to speak with its owner.

If you do see the cat (and you might have to do a double-take if you do), authorities are asking that you call 911, or the Controlled Alien Species Unit of the B.C. Conservation Service, which can be reached at 1-877-952-7277.

Photo released by Creston RCMP