A pair of cougars strolled through the Inlet Centre SkyTrain station in Port Moody early Saturday morning.
Security camera footage released online by The Buzzer, TransLink’s free newsletter, shows the two cats sauntering along the tracks through the deserted station on the new Evergreen Line.
The cougars’ trip took about two minutes as they moved from the entrance of the station to the exit, disappearing into the night without encountering a train or person.
TransLink said the pair triggered an intrusion alarm at about 4:15 a.m., but it’s unclear how they were able to access or leave the tracks. Staff searching the line could not find them.
“While cougars are a first for us, this is not the only time wildlife has been spotted on the system,” said a TransLink statement. “There have been coyote and raccoon sightings in the past. We also see domestic animals on the tracks now and then.”
The Evergreen line runs through less populated areas, making encounters with wildlife more possible. TransLink said staff contacted conservation officers to report the incident.
Cougars, the largest wild cat native to the province, are capable of killing a 600 pound moose or elk but avoid human contact, according to the B.C. Ministry for the Environment.
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