BC toddler mauled by cougar
VANCOUVER – Conservation teams are hunting for a cougar that mauled an 18-month-old toddler in a Vancouver Island park Monday evening.
The attack happened around 6 p.m. in a beach area separated from the rest of Pacific Rim National Park.
Renee Wissink, spokesman for Parks Canada, said most people at the beach had left for the day when the cougar attacked.
“There’s several teams including a dog team tracking the animal,” he said. “When found, it will be destroyed.”
Wissink said the toddler’s parents managed to scare off the cougar, but the child sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Earlier this month, another cougar followed a jogger just outside the park reserve. Wissink said there were also reports of wolves seen to the north of the park.
He added that the best way to scare cougars away is to maintain eye contact and extend your arms to look larger.
“The national park is a habitat for cougars,” Wissink said. “They certainly are around.”