A Nanaimo man and his dog have survived a wild encounter with a cougar in the small North Island town of Woss Thursday night.
William John had taken his friendly spaniel named Leroy out for a walk on a trail, about 100 metres from the RV park when he said the big cat lunged for his dog.
“He was going to eat my dog,” John recalled. “There’s no doubt about it, he was going like that, he was just going to grab him.”
John proceeded to fight the cougar and protect his dog.
“I went like [swatting the cougar] and he let the dog go and he swatted at me,” said John. “It was a bit of a Mexican standoff there for a little bit and I’m looking at him and he’s looking at me and then the other dog came up and the cougar’s like oh there’s three of us here. So he took off in the bush.”
He now has a scratch on his hand and a wild story to tell after defending his beloved dog from the cougar.
According to the BC Conservation Officer Service, the cougar had taken another dog just a day earlier, and bystanders used a pipe to beat it away. Officials said these two were very lucky.
Signs are now surrounding the Woss area as Conservation Officers continue to search for the cougar.
His bravery has earned John the nickname of Cougar Willy now amongst his friends, and the very real loyalty of Leroy his dog.