Authorities were alerted about a B.C. woman being attacked by a cougar on a remote island off the coast of Vancouver Island yesterday, who now safely rests in stable condition in a hospital in Vancouver. The publicly unnamed 60-year-old woman was confronted by the cougar from behind on late yesterday afternoon near her home in Cow Bay on Flores Island, i.e. about 20 kilometres northwest of Tofino.
Speaking of the incident, a representative of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria, Capt. Ray Jacobso, alleged that “apparently, it’s a cougar that was known about.” He elucidated that “they’ve seen it for about a month now, they’ve had run-ins with it. When she was attacked, her husband apparently was able to basically fend the cougar off. The cougar was injured. The last we know about the cougar is it departed into the bush.” It is reported that the woman’s husband fought off the cougar with a spear. The woman was quickly shifted by a coast guard boat to Tofino, from where she was airlifted to a hospital in Victoria. Though she was initially enlisted to be in critical condition, she was later upgraded to stable condition on Monday morning.
Conservation officers claim to have attempted to cage the cougar two months ago, but were unable to track the animal due to bad weather preventing the hounds from getting a scent. However, in light of the latest attack, Sgt. Ben York with the B.C. Conservation Service stated that “we have dispatched a specially trained predator attack response team of conservation officers, and an experienced cougar hunter with tracking hounds.”
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