There has been a total of 125 cougar attacks documented in North America over the past 100 years, 27 of which have been fatal. Fatal cougar attacks are extremely rare and occur much 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 a person 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 as they engaged in what seems to be a game of cat and mouse.
The cougar followed him as Bartsch continued on his way.
“15 metres away from me, look at him, just eyeing me up like I am a blacktail deer,” Bartsch can be heard saying near the end of the video, before making noise and attempting to scare the cougar away.
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.