Published in Aug 2019 / Updated in Aug 2021
There has been a total of 125 cougar attacks documented in North America over the past 100 years, 27 were fatal.
Fatal cougar attacks are sporadic and occur less frequently than fatal snake bites, fatal lightning strikes, or fatal bee stings.
As with many predators, a cougar may attack if cornered, if you run or if a person “plays dead.” Standing still may cause thecougar to consider you easy prey.
Campbell River hunter, Adam Bartsch, had a close encounter with a cougar while he was out “shed hunting”-looking for antlers that have been shed- and checking on trail cameras when he saw a cougar staring at him.
The Cougar stalks Adam
Adam grabbed his pocket camera and started filming the fearless cougar. They engaged in what seems to be a game of cat and mouse.
The cougar followed him as Bartsch continued on his way.
Bartsch can be heard saying near the end of the video before making noise and attempting to scare the cougar away:
“15 meters away from me, look at him, just eyeing me up like I am a blacktail deer.”
The cougar was scared off three times. Yet fearlessly returned time and time again, clearly looking to make Adam his next meal.
Adam estimated the Cougar to be 140 pounds. That’s a big cat.