The 75-year-old British Columbia woman did not feel right about kicking cougars, but the wild cats were attacking her dog. Jacqui Simenson was walking her two Shih Tzus, Teddy and Bear, along a Sayward beach when two cougars ran out of a shack. One of them snatched Bear, and Simenson swung into action.
CTV News interviewed Simenson, whose quick reaction saved the dog. When the cougar let go of Bear, she scooped up the dogs and ran to a nearby log sort for help. One of the workers took her home. In the video her husband says, “You never know how you’re going to react. I think adrenaline kicked in, and I think she did a mother’s instinct. I’m quite proud of her.”
Cpl. Milo Ramsey of the Sayward RCMP reluctantly shot the young cougars. He had never encountered cougars before and has an affinity for wildlife. However, because the area is popular for walkers and boaters, he felt the risk to humans was high. Simenson also felt badly about the cougars’ being shot and has no intention of taking on another.
The cougars who pounced on the dogs were young. According to Canadian Geographic, cougars under two years of age, inexperienced and more willing to take risks, are involved in the majority of attacks.
People are far more likely to be attacked by dogs than cougars, but with humans moving into cougar habitat and enjoying recreation opportunities in wild areas, occasional encounters are inevitable. Adventure Smart provides tips for what to do. Remembering them when the adrenaline is high is the challenge.
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