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Man Injured in Battle With Cougar

August 3, 2002

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VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) _ A 61-year-old man was seriously slashed in a battle with a cougar in British Columbia, but managed to kill the animal with his pocket knife, officials said Friday.

Dave Parker was jumped from behind Thursday evening while walking on a road a mile south of Port Alice, a village on Vancouver Island about 230 miles north of Victoria.

Conservation officer Ken Fujino said Parker was being mauled by the 100-pound adult male cat but was able to reach his 3-inch knife. Port Alice Mayor Larry Pepper added Parker then slit its throat.

Despite extensive wounds, Parker managed to walk about a mile for help. He underwent surgery Friday and was listed in critical but stable condition.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Jeff Flindall said police found Parker’s knife next to the dead cougar.

Vancouver Island has the highest concentration of cougars in British Columbia. Officials said there have been 16 cougar attacks on Vancouver Island since 1970, including three deaths.

The last fatal attack occurred in August 1996 when a 36-year-old woman died while fighting off a cougar that mauled her son.

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