WATCH: A seven-year-old boy, mauled by a cougar, in Lake Cowichan on Friday, is back home and recovering from his ordeal. It’s likely all thanks to his mother who single hangdedly took on that cougar to save her boy. Skye Ryan tells us the whole story.
A seven-year-old boy continues to recover after a cougar attack last week in Lake Cowichan, which also left his mother injured trying to save him.
Kevin Bromley says his wife heard a bang outside around 3:30 p.m. Friday and saw a young cougar had broken through a fence on their property and was attacking their son Zackary.
Bromley says Chelsea ran outside and climbed on top of the cougar and pried its jaw open, before being able to bring Zackary inside the house and call emergency responders.
Zackary was playing in the backyard near the water off Point Ideal Drive and the B.C. Conservation Officer Service received the report of the attack, by one or more cougars, around 4 p.m.
Zackary, the oldest of Bromley’s six children, was airlifted to Cowichan District Hospital before being transferred to a Victoria-area hospital. He suffered head, neck and arm injuries and was released from the hospital Saturday.
Chelsea suffered bite wounds from the ordeal and is also recovering.
Conservation officers have set up a cougar trap and motion sensor in the back yard of the home, and are analyzing footage to see if a mother cougar has come by the property.
Officers tracked down and shot two mountain lions Friday night and suspect the mother may have already been killed, which may explain why the young cougars were skinny and attacked the child.
Bromley says the ages of his children range from seven years to 17-months and is grateful the attack didn’t occur to one of the younger kids since the outcome could have been much worse.