BC Conservation Officers say cougar that mauled man was 'highly-motivated'

Cougar likely desperate

The BC Conservation Officer Service has conducted a necropsy on the cougar that mauled a 69-year-old man near his Whistler home on Monday.

The COS Predator Attack Team remains on the scene in Soo Valley, near Whistler, one day after the attack.

The cougar had to be euthanized and following a necropsy they determined it was a young emaciated male and the attack was predatory in nature.

The Conservation officer Service says in a release, "attacks are rare," but "a highly-motivated cougar desperate for food is more likely to attack a human."

The COS says the victim took the right steps during and after the attack, "(he) fought back against the cougar, which likely saved his life."

Conservation officers believe the emaciated cougar they put down yesterday is the same animal involved in the attack.

If you encounter a cougar you are advised to make yourself look as large as possible and keep the cougar in front of you at all times.

"Never run or turn your back on a cougar, as the sudden movement may provoke an attack. If you are attacked, fight back," according to the BC Conservation Officer Service.

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