Biologist hospitalized after cougar attack

File photo of a cougar taken in Banff National Park, 2013.

File photo of a cougar taken in Banff National Park, 2013.

Tom Bateman, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

GRAND PRAIRIE, Alta. — A fisheries biologist is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a cougar late Tuesday evening in the Nose Mountain, Alta., area.

Jaime Hanlon, spokesman for Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources, said the biologist, an ESRD employee, is able to communicate with hospital staff and her family.

Hanlon confirmed the woman, who’d been compiling a fisheries sustainability index, had been airlifted out of a camp.

There were seven ESRD employees in the camp at the time.

“We actually had a number of her staff or colleagues that were able to provide her with first aid until the STARS air ambulance was able to arrive on site,” Hanlon said.

“On behalf of the ministry, our thoughts and best wishes are with her for a speedy recovery.”

Meanwhile, four Fish and Wildlife officers and a houndsman are tracking the cougar.


Videos

Photos