Dog Saves Woman From Mountain Lion Attack

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Eva, a Belgian Malinois, suffered severe injuries and is recovering at home

A California woman says her dog saved her life during a mountain lion attack while the two were hiking down a trail in the Big Bar area in Trinity County, California.

According to Today, the mountain lion attacked Erin Wilson when she was taking her dog, Eva, a 2 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois, for a walk on Monday, May 16.

Wilson says she was walking down the path with Eva a little bit ahead of her when a mountain lion jumped out and swiped her across her left shoulder. Wilson called out to her dog for help.

“I yelled ‘Eva!’ and she came running,” Wilson told the Sacramento Bee. “And she hit that cat really hard.”

She said her 55-pound dog tried her best to take down the mountain lion.

“They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying,” Wilson said. “That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

As the lion bit down on the dog’s skull, Wilson tried to get the animals apart by throwing rocks at the lion and even attempting to gouge its eyes out, but nothing worked. She then ran back to the road and sought the help of a passerby, Sharon Houston.

The women used a piece of PVC pipe that Houston had in her car to beat the mountain lion as it was trying to drag the dog off the trail.

The lion finally let Eva go and ran off after Houston sprayed it in the eyes with pepper spray.

Wilson drove Eva to a veterinarian and later got medical care herself and received preventive rabies treatment.

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Wilson had non-life-threatening bite wounds, scratches, bruises and abrasions, but Eva suffered grave injuries.

Wilson’s husband, Connor Kenny, told SFGate that Eva had seizures on the way to the vet and she had two skull fractures, a punctured sinus cavity and severe damage to her left eye.

Fortunately, Eva is recovering at home and doing well. 

Wilson started a GoFundMe account to raise funds for Eva’s medical bills. The account raised more than $32,000.

The CDFW collected samples from the wounds of all those involved in the incident for DNA analysis to help prove it was a mountain lion and to help identify the assailant if it is caught.

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