Woman jumps on large cougar after her german shepherd puppy is grabbed by a large cougar.
“It was the biggest thing I’d seen in my life” said Marta Kasper in an interview with CHEK News at her Tahsis home.
She and her husband Derrick were recounting how a cougar attacked their dog at Ceepeecee Lake.
It happened last Thursday but only now are they able to talk about the chilling and fatal attack.
Ceepeecee Lake is about 7 km south of their home in Tahsis.
They had gone to the lake to fish with their two dogs and had just parked their truck.
“Went to crouch down and the cougar came out of the bushes straight at me like a freight train” said Marta.
Their Siberian Husky named Sookie was there as was their new german shepherd puppy Kitty, and it was kitty the cougar zeroed in on.
“It went past the dog, came straight for me and the last second veered to the left and grabbed my puppy” added Marta.
And that is when she did something incredible and incredibly dangerous to save try to save Kitty.
“I jumped on the back and tried to grab it by the throat and I felt my hands squish in and then it felt like I was trying to choke a piece of wood” described Marta.
At the same time Derrick was trying to fix a fishing rod on the other side of the truck.
“I heard a yelp like ‘Oh my God.’ I think that’s what she said, ‘Oh my God.’ By the time I ran around the back of the truck I came and saw Marta literally straddling the back of a cougar” explained Derrick.
Realizing the danger Derrick pulled Marta off of the cougar. The large male adult cat estimated to weigh about 150 lbs then sauntered into the woods with the dog in its mouth.
The entire attack took about ninety seconds.
“All I can keep playing back in my head frame by frame by frame of him coming straight at me so wide so powerful with his mouth wide open” said Marta.
Conservation officers were called and tracked the cougar within 20 minutes very close to the same spot.
The dog’s remains were not found.
The cat was destroyed.
The cat was determined to be healthy and well-fed making the attack very unusual.