Cougar Encounter

Yesterday afternoon at about 2:45, I was walking my dog on the road (I think it’s called Ridge Road or Ridge Trail) that runs parallel to Sasquatch, but several feet higher up. A large cougar literally pounced out of nowhere onto the path from the high side of the trail.

The cougar was larger than my dog, who is probably the size of a large lab. I was so startled I yelled and kicked the cougar in the face. The cougar retreated back up the terrain on the high side, but turned to face us and kept looking at me and Rico, (my dog). I pulled out my Sabre (a little weapon that sprays a steady stream into the face of the attacker), and stood there Charlie’s Angels style pointing my “gun” at the cougar, and yelling at it to go away. It just looked at me for a while, but eventually turned around and slowly retreated higher up the mountain. I too retreated back in the direction I came, looking back quite often to make sure it didn’t follow me.

I think I was very lucky, and looking at information online, did the right thing in kicking it, yelling at it and trying to make myself aggressive. It did look like it was well-fed already, so that’s a good thing!

 

Suzy Williamson

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6 Responses to Cougar Encounter

  1. Brent Ross says:

    With multiple attacks happening every year I believe it’s time we contact a Conservation Officer to see if they can either relocate or shoot the cougar. It’s only a matter of time before it kills one of our dogs or worse. The number is 1-877-952-7277 and I’ll be calling tomorrow.

    • Brent Ross says:

      Just got off the phone with a conservation officer and he said that people need to call these encounters in so they can track and monitor the situation.

      • Suzy Williamson says:

        Thanks Brent, for calling this in. (Only just saw your comment now). Stefan from Sasquatch Point also had suggested I report the incident. I didn’t mean to make light of the situation at all. It was definitely a scary encounter.

  2. Alfred Schick says:

    I think that is just one of the things we have to deal with living up here. No need to kill it or relocate. This is their area we are the visitors. I think that if we are diligent (head on a swivel taking in the beauty) with our own safety while on walks and hikes we will be fine. Thanks for sharing Suzy.

    • Sorry but I have to disagree. Be as diligent as you want but ask any one of the people who have encountered the cougar and they all say the same thing, it came out of no where, they were completely surprised. We have a smaller dog and are very diligent, scanning continually, but looking for coyotes which we do see occasionally. We have no illusions that we may be able to spot a cougar, BEFORE it grabs our dog and disappears. So far all the encounters have been with larger dogs, we will not be so lucky.

      We are not visitors, this is our home and yes we chose to live here and it’s unfortunate that people do start to encroach on wildlife but lets face it, there is NO shortage of unmolested, wild terrain for the bears, coyotes and cougars to live in. We do not have a bear problem, nor would I say a coyote problem. We see both in our yard and yet we have never had a scary encounter with either. They travel through our properties but stay a respectable distance and show a healthy fear of us. This cougar DOES NOT show any fear of humans and in fact almost indifference, which is dangerous. Does someone have to be seriously mauled or worse?

      We have an abundance of food for all the animals in the area, as evidenced by the healthy populations, there is no reason for an apex predator to be challenging humans and if we continue to allow this cat to “get in our face” so to speak it will only get bolder until it does assert it’s authority. I just hope the next encounter isn’t a lethal one.

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