There have been three incidents of cougar attacks in western Canada this month, luckily with no serious injuries.

More cougar attack incidents in Canada

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Cougar attacks seem to be in the news this month, earlier this month in the west coast province of British Columbia a young man managed to scare off a cougar who was attacking his dog, and narrowly missed a serious confrontation himself.

In Alberta earlier this week, near Banff, a young man walking along in the north side of town listening to headphones was knocked down by a cougar. He swung the skateboard he was carrying at the cat which scared it off. Fortunately, although shaken, he was not seriously injured.

Today in another part of the western Canadian province, near the town of Hinton, there was another encounter.   Dean Hordal and his wife were walking along a trail when they saw something streak past.   The animal knocked down and grabbed their 15kg dog which had been about 10 metres ahead of them.

The cat carried the pet over the embankment. Hordal immediately followed hoping the cougar would drop the dog, but when it didn’t, he leapt down the embankment.  The cougar had stopped, possibly to get a better grip on the dog, but when it saw Hordal it leapt up a tree.

Hordal says, “Everything happened very quickly. After I thought about what I done, it’s not something I would probably do again.”

What Dean Hordal did was climb part way up the tree after the cougar and grab its tail.

The cougar dropped the dog and continued up the tree. “..and I continued down,” said Hordal  ” It was probably 30 seconds to a minute it all happened,” he said. “I never seen (a cougar) in the wild before and I hope I never really do again.”

Since the incident the dog Mika, who was not badly hurt, is doing well with the only symptom being a “strangled bark”.

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One comment on “More cougar attack incidents in Canada
  1. Molly Michel says:

    How more the wildlife territories in Canada (and the U.S.A.) are destroyed,
    to make room for the enormous growth of populations of humans in cities and villages,
    how more you people will be faced with the extinction of many animals and plants.
    As a lover of cats, for many years, I am very concern about the welfare of the
    cougars! Such wonderful cats should be protected in nature reserves or districts.
    There should be more information about these exceptionally intelligent and healthy
    cats. According to my information from several sources, the great Indian General Tecumseh, (whose name means Cougar), had one who accompanied him everywhere he went, even when he immigrated to Canada. Perhaps the CBC could send out a film
    about the cougars and their relation with people. Because they really are
    very special, intelligent cats, who deserve much more attention and respect,
    than to be either killed-off, or to spend their days in zoo cages!
    Rosasolis@kpnmail.nl