The cougar, the largest wild cat native to British Columbia, is an imposing but evasive member of our wildlife. His secretive habits, and sometimes astounding predatory abilities (the cougar is capable of killing a 600 pound moose or elk), have resulted in a wealth of human misconceptions and irrational fears. In some instances, "control" programmes responding to these fears placed severe and unwarranted hunting pressure upon cougar populations.
Ministry of Environment. 2000. Cougars in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment. Mammals in BC brochure