Canadian man faces charges for allegedly using slingshot to harass cougar in national park

Canadian man faces charges for allegedly using slingshot to harass cougar in national park
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A Canadian man is facing unusual charges under the country's National Parks Wildlife regulations after allegedly using a slingshot to launch projectiles at a cougar in Banff National Park.

Parks Canada said eyewitnesses provided photo evidence to wardens on May 31 to build the alleged case, CBC News reported. If charged, the man, who is from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, could face fines of up to $125,000.

He faces charges for disturbing an animal in a national park and possession of a loaded firearm outside of a vehicle while inside a national park. Parks Canada considers a slingshot a firearm, according to the CBC report.

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It is unclear whether projectiles from the slingshot struck the animal or if it suffered from any injuries.

The parks agency said the cougar was on the wrong side of the wildlife fence that runs near the Trans-Canada highway adjacent to Lake Louise, Alberta, when the suspect used the slingshot and an unknown projectile to "harass" the cougar.

The accused suspect is slated to appear in provincial court in Canmore, Alberta, in November.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) said it believes it has strong evidence against the accused, adding that the incident could also be considered a public interest.

"When it comes to files coming from the national park, there's very high public interest in things which might seem to be relatively minor, we take a great deal of interest in because Banff National Park is obviously very well visited, it's known internationally," said Tyler Lord, Crown counsel for the PPSC.

"And, so this kind of allegation is something that I think the public would take very seriously," he added.