A man was forced to fight a cougar after it attacked his four-year-old son during a family fishing trip near Fernie, B.C.
The unprovoked attack happened on Aug. 12 at around 1 p.m. local time in the Lower Morrissey Creek area, he said.
The man kicked and punched the cougar until it retreated, he said.
However, the cougar didn’t go far.
The child was taken to the hospital and was treated for puncture wounds and lacerations. He was later released, Caravetta said.
He added that conservation officers were on scene quickly after receiving word of the attack.
“We were there within two and a half to three hours with all our staff and cougar hounds,” he said.
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Officers and the search dogs couldn’t locate the cat due to the hot and smoky conditions at the time, he said. But he added there’s no immediate threat to the public.
If the cat is found, it will be euthanized, he said.
Most cougars are nocturnal and avoid humans, he said.
The family is asking for privacy he said.
Should people encounter these animals, Caravetta said don’t run away. Instead, stand tall, make noise and back away slowly.
It’s also a good idea to carry bear spray, he said.