WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012
Angie Prime’s dog Vicious lived up to its name Saturday, protecting B.C. woman from serious harm when a cougar came into her home and attacked.
“She did an amazing job,” Prime said.
Having just got off the phone with her husband who was away working, Prime, 35, was sitting on the couch in her home in Trail– about 620 km southwest of Calgary — with Vicious, an 11-year-old female border collie, and a pair of weeks-old pomeranian chihuahuas, when she suddenly found herself face-to-face with a cougar standing some two metres away. The big cat had walked into the house through an open door.
“It was definitely surreal,” Prime said.
“We looked at each other and had a moment.
“It was, holy (expletive) there’s a cougar in my house.”
Seconds later, the cat pounced, looking to make a meal out of Prime and her pooches.
“I just tried to block myself and raise my leg up and screamed like crazy,” she said,
That’s when Vicious jumped into action, chasing the cat out of the house and up an embankment.
Neighbours who heard Prime’s screams also came outside but were unable to track the cat that night.
Prime said the animal was severely emaciated, a fact confirmed when conservation officers shot the animal on Monday — just blocks from her home — after setting baited traps.
“It was really sick looking,” she said.
“I really only looked at its face when it was in the house because it was kind of a blur after that when it was coming at me.
“I did see the cat after they shot it and you could see its hip bones and ribs.
“It was definitely taking a chance for the sake of being so hungry.”
Born and raised in Trail, Prime said she is used to wild animals being in close proximity, but this was the first time she’s had an encounter like this.
“We’re a rural community so there’s bears and coyotes and cougars and stuff,” she said.
“When you’ve lived here you just know that they’re here and you don’t really think of it. “You don’t expect a cougar to come in your house.”
Prime had left a back door open on Saturday so her dogs could go in and out, something she said she will now rethink.
“It’s one of things you take for granted on a nice evening,” she said. “The chances of that happening are ridiculously low.”