A Vancouver Island man used his fists to save his beloved miniature dachshund from becoming a meal for a starving cougar.
Shawn Hanson and his dog Bailey were on a fishing and camping trip near Ucluelet on Vancouver Island when it happened.
While cleaning several caught salmon, Hanson looked down to see his dog being dragged off into the underbrush.
“Out of the corner of my eye, I see a little flash. I look down and it’s a small cougar dragging my dog off into the bushes,” he told CTV Vancouver Island.
Hanson gave chase. After catching up with the cougar on a hilltop, he tackled it.
Hanging on to the animal’s rear, he grabbed Bailey with his free hand, but the cougar wouldn’t let go.
“I reached back and punched it in the face,” he said.
The punch stunned the cougar, allowing Hanson to retrieve his pet without a further fight.
After handing Bailey off to a friend at the edge of the underbrush, Hanson grabbed his rifle from his truck, tracked the cougar, and fired a warning shot.
That’s when Hanson said the cougar, unfazed, started moving towards him.
“It just kept staring at me,” he said. “I raised the rifle and waited a second. It took two more steps and I had to put the cougar down. It was pretty much over at that point.”
Stupid cougar. Humans rule!