Man, 69, survives mauling by cougar north of Whistler, B.C.

A 69-year-old man suffered serious injuries after he was attacked by a cougar north of Whistler, B.C. Monday afternoon. 

The British Columbia Conservation Officer Service said the man was near his property in the Soo Valley around 3:30 pm when the big cat went after him.

“The man was mauled by a cougar and suffered major injuries to his face and hand,” the wildlife officers posted in social media Monday night. 

An ambulance took him to hospital where he is in stable condition.

Whistler RCMP responded first to the scene and killed the cougar. 

The conservation officer service predator response team is also investigating.  

“The COS does not believe there is any risk to the public at this time,” the province said.

On Tuesday, the conservation officer service said the euthanized cougar was a young, emaciated male and that that attack was predatory in nature.

Conservation officers released a photo of the scene – a track in the snow left behind in the ordeal.

Wildlife officers said the senior who was attacked did everything right.

“The victim took the right steps in the event of such an encounter and fought back against the cougar, which likely saved his life,” officials said.

Officials offered these tips if you find yourself face-to-face with a cougar.

People should make themselves look as large as possible. Never run or turn your back on a cougar. Sudden movements may provoke an attack. And, if you are attacked, fight back, officials said.

Main photo: BCCOS/File

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