A British Columbia conservation officer is marvelling at a man’s bravery for attacking a cougar with nothing but a spear as the cat was mauling his partner.
“I’m pretty sure that this is the first time in B.C., if not Canada and maybe even North America, where someone has stopped an attack by a cougar with a spear and killed it with a spear,” said conservation officer Sgt. Ben York in an interview Monday.
The 60-year-old woman was mauled by the animal late Sunday afternoon while she was gardening outside her home on Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
York said her common-law partner was nearby, heard the woman’s screams, and quickly came to her aid.
Conservation officers and a cougar hunter with a specially-trained tracking dog landed on the island Monday and quickly found the body of the cougar about 20 metres from the attack site.
He said the man stabbed it several times with the spear and that was the likely cause of death.