A Canadian man used a spear to kill a cougar as the animal attacked his partner earlier this week. The attack took place near the couple’s home on Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
“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,” Conservation Officer Sgt. Ben York told the Canadian Press.
The 60-year-old woman was mauled by the mountain lion as she was gardening late Sunday afternoon, the Canadian Press reported. Her partner heard her screams and rushed to help. He grabbed a nearby spear and fought off the cougar.
“That’s a significant amount of bravery that he showed,” York told the Canadian Press. “I understand why he did it, but it still takes a lot of bravery to do what he did and I’m glad he was there to rescue her. You know it could have turned out a lot differently if he hadn’t been around.”
The woman is in stable condition and is expected to recover, according to the Canadian Press. The cougar was later found dead nearby the attack site. Authorities are investigating the attack.
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