A woman who was attacked by a mountain lion in Northern California said that her dog came to her defense and was seriously injured.
“I don’t think I can ever live up to how amazing and loyal he is to me”
“I don’t think I can ever live up to how amazing and loyal he is to me,” Erin Wilson told the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday.
Wilson, 24, lives in rural Trinity County, about four hours northwest of Sacramento. On Monday he drove to the Trinity River near unincorporated Big Bar for a walk with Eva, his two-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Shepherd.
Wilson was walking along a path with Eva, who was a few meters ahead, when a cougar pounced on her and clawed at her through her jacket, grazing her left shouldercounted.
“I yelled, ‘Eve!’ and she came running,” Wilson said. “And it was about that cat with everything.”
The dog weighs about 25 kilograms and was outmatched by the cougar, but never stopped fighting.
“They wrestled for a couple of seconds and then I heard her start crying,” Wilson said.
The cougar bit the dog’s head and wouldn’t let goeven after Wilson attacked the animal with rocks, sticks and his fists, trying to suffocate the cat and gouge out its eyes.
The cougar tried to drive her away by scratching her with its hind legs. Wilson said she ran back to her truck, grabbed the tire wrench and flagged down a passing car.
The driver, Sharon Houston, told the Bee that she took a long PVC pipe and pepper spray. The two women began beating the puma, which had dragged the dog off the trail.
Houston eventually pepper-sprayed the cougar, which fled the scene, he said.
Wilson was treated for scratches and bruises that are not life-threatening.