Man Punches Cougar to Save Dog

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Do you love your dog? Do you love your dog so much you'd punch a cougar in the head to save it? 

According to CBC News, that's exactly what Will Gibb of Red Deer, Alberta, did the day after Christmas when his beloved pet husky was grabbed by a mountain lion.

That evening, Gibb met his friend at Tim Hortons for coffee in the Canadian town of Whitecourt where he let his two dogs, Sasha and Mongo, out in the parking lot for a short run. Within seconds he heard Sasha, the female of the pair, yelping in pain. 

"She (Sasha) was crying out in pain and distress so I went running," said Gibb, a 31-year-old technician. "And I saw something wrapped around her so I ran up and punched it in the side of the head.

"At that point I realized it was a cougar."

Gibb ran into the woods after the cougar, but when he saw his injured dog whimpering and bleeding on the pavement, he went back to try to help her. 

Sasha, confused and terrified from the attack, bit down on Gibb's left hand. 

 "She was fighting for her life, and I was trying to keep the cougar at bay with my right, and it was pawing at me and I was throwing punches at it."

Sasha released her grip and ran across the parking lot. Then, the cougar fixed its focus on Mongo. 

"I could see the cougar going for him, so I got between him and the cougar and started swinging and screaming at it, and called for my brother and friend to come give a hand," Gibb said. "And then I reached down for the closest, biggest stick that I could find and I ran back into the trees to go fight the cougar."

The men ran off the cougar and managed to get the dogs back into the truck. They immediately took Sasha to the local veterinary office. 

"She had bite wounds around her neck and claw tears on her belly, under her armpits," said Jordan Bremmekamp, the veterinarian who treated the husky. "I had to sew up some of her wounds. They tore into her muscle. It's a pretty painful situation she's in, but she's doing fine."

Gibb was left with deep claw marks on his arms.

Police were called to the scene where they located and killed the cougar, which was still in the area.

So what would you have done in this situation?

Read more crazy outdoor stories at The Realbog, and make sure to visit Realtree's Facebook page

Related Content