While camping with some friends at Salmon Beach in Ucluelet, British Columbia, Shawn Hanson came face to face with a cougar that decided to make his beloved mini dachshund, Bailey, its dinner.
However, Hanson, from Victoria, British Columbia, was not about to let that happen. As he describes it:
I see something out of the corner of my eye and a cougar jumped out about 10 to 15 away and just snatched the dog… It put her paw down and her mouth around her neck and started dragging her… She was making really loud yelping noises like I’d never heard before.
Springing into action, Hanson jumps into the bushes, desperately seeking his dog.
I just kept pushing the bushes so I could see and dropped down into a muddy, dry creek… I was able to spring out of the mud and was screaming at it the whole time.
His Rambo efforts were about to pay off, because he soon gained sight of the cougar, and without a second thought…
I was able to cock back and punch the cougar in the face and it kind of went cross-eyed and just dropped the dog… My initial thought was that it would start swiping at me, but it sat there sort of dazed.
Hanson grabbed his pooch and scampered back to his campsite.
Still concerned about the presence of the cougar, and its weird behavior, Hanson went back, with his gun this time, to investigate and see if it was still where he had left it.
The cougar, in fact, was still there, which is odd of the animal not to go back off into the forest. It pounced towards Hanson, and he shot off a warning shot hoping that would scare the animal off into the woods. However, the animal stayed, undeterred. Fearing his own safety, and the safety of others in the area, he put the animal down. The cat was obviously not fearful of much of anything and was proving to be a significant danger.
Hanson reported the entire event to the local police as well as the wild life conservation.
Bailey, suffering only a few minor puncture wounds, thanks to the quick and heroic efforts of her owner, is doing very well.
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