Cougar shot and left near Cochrane has Fish and Wildlife looking for poacher

Wildlife officials say the animal — a juvenile that weighed less than 50 kilograms — was killed the afternoon of Feb. 21 just south of Ghost River.

It's illegal in Alberta to abandon the skin of a mountain lion that has been hunted

Fish and Wildlife say the cougar was a juvenile that weighed less than 50 kilograms. (Alberta Fish and Wildlife)

Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers are on the hunt for a poacher after a cougar was shot and its remains left in an area west of Cochrane, Alta., last month.

Wildlife officials say the animal — a juvenile that weighed around 45 kilograms — was killed the afternoon of Feb. 21 just south of Ghost River.

The poacher left a pair of green and brown work gloves. Fish and Wildlife officials say a campfire was also left burning in the area.

The poacher left behind a burning campfire and a pair of green and brown work gloves. (Alberta Fish and Wildlife)

Cougar season was closed at the time the animal was killed. It's also illegal in Alberta to abandon the skin of a mountain lion that has been hunted.

"Poaching is obviously illegal and dangerous, and it takes away wildlife that would otherwise remain part of the province's environment," said Fish and Wildlife officer Mark Hoskin in a statement.

If identified, the poacher could face a fine of $50,000 or one year in jail.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 or file a report online.