A 60-year-old B.C. woman was seriously injured in a cougar attack on a remote B.C. island Sunday, and the cougar found dead after her partner speared it in retaliation.
Sgt. Ben York, of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, said Monday the woman was clawed and bit by the animal outside her cabin on Flores Island around 6 p.m. and her common-law partner was able to fight the cougar off with a spear before it fled.
The critically injured woman, who doesn't wish to be identified, was taken to nearby Tofino with the help of the coast guard and airlifted to hospital in Victoria, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria said.
The woman underwent surgery and is now in stable condition, York said.
Conservation officers were dispatched and found the adult cougar dead on Monday about 20 metres from where the woman was pounced on.
"Looks like when the victim's partner ran it off and poked it a few times with a spear he did a good job," York said.
A necropsy will be performed on the cougar.
Cougars have been a problem recently on the remote island, York said. About two months ago, the woman who was attacked drove a cougar away twice in the same day. She used a machete the first time and a rake the second time. Conservation officers were sent out but couldn't track the animal.