Cougar attacks boy
By Rebecca Billard - Burns Lake Lakes District News
Published: January 05, 2010 11:00 PM
The third cougar attack in B.C. in less than a week occurred last week in the Burns Lake area.
On new years eve at approximately 11 a.m. a local eight year old boy was sledding with his sister in Danskin south of Burns Lake not far from the Danskin Mennonite school when he was attacked by a cougar.
His sisters screams alerted his mother who came out yielding a towel and flicked it in the direction of the cougar striking it in the head.
Prince George based conservation officer Gary Van Spangen said, “That was enough for the cat to release it's grip on the boy and flee the scene."
The boy was taken to the Lakes District Hospital where staples were reportedly needed to close the wound on his head.
He was released from the hospital later that day.
According to Van Spangen conservation officers made arrangements to get a cougar hound handler in with his dogs the next morning."
At about 12:30 p.m. two cougars were located in the area, both of them female.
“There was a large female and a sub adult which was probably the offspring of the larger cat," Van Spangen said.
Both cougars were put down due to the nature of the attack on the boy.
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