Officer's dash cam captures unexpected cougar crossing

By Ben Hooper  |  Jan. 23, 2018 at 12:34 PM
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Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A Canadian police officer conducting a traffic stop accidentally captured video of an unusual jaywalker -- a cougar checking out a grocery store.

The The Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Alberta wing posted a video to YouTube that was recorded by an officer's dashboard camera while he was conducting a traffic stop Jan. 9 in Banff.

The video shows the officer standing next to the car he pulled over on the road when a mountain lion suddenly appears and crosses the street to a grocery store.

"A nosy neighbor was caught on RCMP VICS camera trying to see what one officer was up to," the video's description reads.

Banff National Park said the incident should serve as a reminder to be cautious in the area.

"A cougar was spotted walking through @Banff_Town Jan 9th. @ParksCanada wildlife staff tracked the animal which exited town & continue to monitor the area. This event serves as a reminder to be 'wildsmart,'" the park tweeted.

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