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4 Year old mauled by Cougar on Vancouver Island

post #1 of 21
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Sorry, didn't have the correct link for this....
The mother fought the cougar off with a small cooler of beer!!


"As she battled the cougar that had pinned her little girl in its claws, Monique Bazille was thankful she packed four cans of beer into a cooler before she swung it at the big cat.

On the first try, she hit the cougar in the shoulder, but it refused to release young Hayley from its grip.

“I went to hit the cougar and I think I grazed it on its shoulder and it wasn't fazed,†Ms. Bazille told reporters in a Vancouver hospital where her four-year-old daughter was recovering from a near-fatal mauling this week at a campsite on Vancouver Island.

Crying at times and still overwhelmed by her daughter's close call, Mr. Bazille told a remarkable tale of how she took on a wild cat Wednesday afternoon in British Columbia's remote backcountry — and won.

“It wasn't leaving,†the slightly built 40-year-old mother of three said, her voice wavering at times. “It snarled and growled at me. It stood its ground. But I stood mine.

“I said: ‘You get off of her.' And I was screaming and I went to kick him.â€

Eventually, the cougar, its mouth red with her daughter's blood, slunk back into the bush.

Ms. Bazille, an avid camper, has always been afraid of cougars, which number in the hundreds on Vancouver Island. But on Wednesday afternoon, when she rounded a corner on a wooded trail to find a cougar on top of her daughter, she had no fear.

“I saw that cougar on her and I wasn't the least bit afraid of it,†the Vancouver emergency-room nurse said. “I wasn't afraid of it at all. It's instinctive. Anyone would have done the same thing.â€

Conservation officials and doctors have praised Ms. Bazille's bravery, saying she did everything right in the seconds after the attack. From fighting off the cougar to expertly wrapping her daughter's mutilated scalp, Ms. Bazille saved her daughter's life, they said.

“Our first impression was that Hayley had the right mom at the right time,†said plastic surgeon Cindy Verchere, who sewed Hayley's scalp at B.C. Children's Hospital, where the injured girl and her mother arrived Wednesday night.

The doctor said Hayley has a long recovery ahead of her, but, save for one scratch to her forehead, her face was mostly unscathed in the attack. Most of the scars on her scalp will be covered by hair eventually, Dr. Verchere said.

Yesterday, Ms. Bazille said Hayley was alert, although uncomfortable, and balked at having her bandages changed. The little girl, described by her mother as independent and stubborn, remembers the attack and is angry at the cougar.

“She says she'd like to take the kitty to the deep end of the pool and drown it.â€

Ms. Bazille said the mauling lasted between 30 seconds and a minute. The ordeal began at a remote camping spot on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Ms. Bazille and her husband, Troy, had taken their three daughters to a swimming spot on the Kaouk River.

The couple parked their car and Hayley jumped out.

Apart from packing the beer, Ms. Bazille said, the couple's second fortunate move occurred when Mr. Bazille grabbed Hayley and put a life jacket on her. Doctors said the padded jacket protected her neck and lower scalp.

Ms. Bazille said it is a minute-long walk from the car to the swimming hole, and Hayley ran ahead of her parents.

At that moment, some older children emerged from the trail and said they had seen a cougar. Ms. Bazille said she didn't believe them.

Then she heard Hayley cry. Ms. Bazille ran toward her daughter's screams.

“The first thing I saw was Hayley between rocks. I didn't see the cougar because it blended well into the rocks.

“And I saw my little Hayley . . . she's fighting him off, going: ‘Get off me, Get off me.' â€

Armed with her mini-cooler, Ms. Bazille flew at the cougar. She knew that it would kill her daughter if she didn't act.

“You have to fight back,†she said. “They will continue to kill. And I saw that. He was not leaving. He did not want to go.â€

Eventually, she beat the animal back and Ms. Bazille ran to examine her daughter's injuries. “Basically, her scalp was gone.†She was also bleeding badly and in shock.

Ms. Bazille bandaged her daughter and the parents drove to a nearby marina where a helicopter ferried mother and daughter, first to Campbell River, then to Vancouver.

Conservation officials with hounds have been combing the campsite area since Wednesday night searching for the cougar, but have not found it. Searches were to resume today.

Ms. Bazille said she is thankful her daughter is alive and urged parents to keep their children close when in the woods.

Joking, she said she is also thankful that she and her husband make it a habit to bring a cooler of beer to the beach."
post #2 of 21
Humans are moving farther and farther into Couger county. We have so many children we need more homes and then we need recreation places. The couger is 'in the way" and only does what is natural for the cougar. ONE day, in the not too distance future this will all stop as the only place cougars will be are stuffed in museums and in zoos!
post #3 of 21
It's very sad that when they find the cougar they will kill it. The cougar was only doing what comes naturally to it....hunt. We are the ones who invade their territory and then wonder why we get attacked!
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by Miss Mew
It's very sad that when they find the cougar they will kill it. The cougar was only doing what comes naturally to it....hunt. We are the ones who invade their territory and then wonder why we get attacked!
I'm glad the child is going to be ok, but your'e right. I feel so sad for the cougar.

BTW, is your cat as beautiful as his pictures in real life?
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
I'm glad the child is going to be ok, but your'e right. I feel so sad for the cougar.

BTW, is your cat as beautiful as his pictures in real life?

He is quite the handsome boy in real life...my boyfriend always says "he's a good looking boy..just like his daddy"
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by Miss Mew
He is quite the handsome boy in real life...my boyfriend always says "he's a good looking boy..just like his daddy"
Awwwwwwwwww. Oliver has a bump in his nose just like me.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Miss Mew
It's very sad that when they find the cougar they will kill it. The cougar was only doing what comes naturally to it....hunt. We are the ones who invade their territory and then wonder why we get attacked!
THANK YOU!! i knoooow! im sorry but what good is it to kill the cougar? not like there arent other ways to die..like the tiger that attacked the 17 year old dumb enough to take a picture with a tiger ! (tho i would prob want to take a pic also, lol) then they shoot the tiger..because its not like its a wild animal..i mean its just like your house cat! not! im sorry but we are some pretty dumb selfish animals for killing ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that harms us! o pooor us..might as well ban cars cuz people die in car accidents..lets just get rid of everything because we might die..geez..lol. this topic is what revs my engine let me tell ya! lol
post #8 of 21
I can see two sides of this. Yes us as people haved moved into their territory, and they are doing what comes natural. But the animals are also getting much bolder. I do think this is because of the moving. but still.

I have delt with two cougar attacks. One i was not present for. my horse and her pasture buddy were attacked. Vixen ended up dealing the animal blows that killed it. The DNR found its body a day after the attack. the other was in a fairly busy town....i was riding. it wanted a hunk of my horse..and me no doubt.

Good job to the mom for saving her child.
post #9 of 21
i also saw this thing in florida..where...since our lame populationg keeps growing and we have to keep invading natural areas..that when any type of alligator/crocodile is found in like a backyard, even if it HASNT harmed anything/anyone. they will put the reptile down. this is in florida. and i know florida gets crazy on stuff, like in the court and charging young people with outrageous crimes ( i did a debate on charging youths as adults, found some crazy stuff! lol, like this 10 year old was taken to court and charged with robbing when he took like 1.25 from a kid, lunch money, and stuff about how a 17 yr old was jailed with some guy who threatened to kill any roommate they put with him..and long behold the 17 yr old was killed by that jail guy) but come oooooon! its one thing if the animals actually did something.attacked..killed..but just chillin in the pool?? pond?.maybe im wrong?? but i swear on animal planet, they said if they find crocs/alligats in a backyard they just put them down..?? anyone know more truth to that?? maybe im wrong..who knows! its television!

these people were building houses right near a swamp..real genius!! lol
post #10 of 21
They had NO RIGHT to kill that cougar. They, the humans, were in cougar territory and should NEVER had their 4 year old with them. What a shame. Another stupid mistake by dumb humans and the cougar had to suffer I have said it in the past, I will say it again and I stand by my words. If you want to live or play in the wild areas that these animals call home, then you MUST accept what may happen. If that means being attacked by a cougar, bear or whatever, so be it. I am not saying I don't feel bad for this girl, but the animal should not have suffer for their mistake. I am so sick and tired of humans overreacting when an animal does something like this. People will not be happy until all animals are gone from this planet. I for one will be sad and will not want to be here. I am sorry if this sounds harsh, but these are my feelings.
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat
They had NO RIGHT to kill that cougar. They, the humans, were in cougar territory and should NEVER had their 4 year old with them. What a shame. Another stupid mistake by dumb humans and the cougar had to suffer I have said it in the past, I will say it again and I stand by my words. If you want to live or play in the wild areas that these animals call home, then you MUST accept what may happen. If that means being attacked by a cougar, bear or whatever, so be it. I am not saying I don't feel bad for this girl, but the animal should not have suffered for their mistake. I am so sick and tired of humans overreacting when an animal does something like this. We will not be happy until all animals are gone from this planet. I for one will be sad and will not want to be here. I am sick of people. I am sorry if this sounds harsh, but these are my feelings.
Note to people learn to use non leathel force or stay the heck out of "dodge"... I am so tired of heaing these stories... The idiot in Cal( I think) who was biking in the dark, this family in the "remote" woods and the girl getting her picutre taken all mans fault or stupidity not the animals ... The animals are not being bolder they are more agerssively protecting their homes
post #12 of 21
Oh and that girl in Kansas. That poor tiger. I am all for private ownership of large exotic cats but please, you do not let anyone who is not supposed to be there, near them EVER!! No pictures, no touching, nothing! Not only was that girl wrong for SITTING on that tiger for her stupid picture, but the girls parent's are wrong for letting her go there, her school should not have allowed these types of pictures and the sanctuary should never have been doing these photo shoots Boy, people get dumber every day!! As an exotic cat owner, no one, not even my family, is allowed to touch our bobcats unless I say so. Boy, I need to get to bed, this stuff gets me going
post #13 of 21
I agree with the 2 above posters. When did we aquire the right to KILL anything threatening to us? IMO, we move into a wild animals territory we take the risk, not the right. We are not above these animals and never will be. It disgusts me to know that SOME of the human race think we are.
post #14 of 21
ooh this topic gets me riled too. I hate it how people are like "oh well it harmed a human, got to kill it then"

its not like the animal is thinking "omfg!!! HUman blood is so tasty! I think I'll go on a killer rampage and kill lots and lots of humans just for the fun of it!"

THe animal saw something small running away from it... it instinctually thinks "ooh food!" I mean.. a wild animal doesnt just stop and think "oh hey... wait a minute.. that's a human. I shouldn't eat a human, human lives are sacred" they dont think like that!

I mean.. if its a vicious dog in a neighborhood... ok.. but a wild animal doing nothing but living on it's own turf??? Ludacris.

I absolutely hate it that people think if something has harmed a human it must be killed. Hell.... we kill more people in a day than animals will kill in a whole year! The parents should have known better. Just because you're a human doesnt mean a predator is going to say "Oh look a tiny running human child. Well guess I wont be eating that"
post #15 of 21
I couldn't have said it better myself
post #16 of 21
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shoot, John..I just saw a gorgeous pic of a large cat (I swear it was a tiger but white) laying on a black leather couch in someone's living room.
Now, I couldn't find it to paste it for you..

I don't know the background of the pic but don't think tigers are legal in living rooms??

It was breathtaking in a surreal way though.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
shoot, John..I just saw a gorgeous pic of a large cat (I swear it was a tiger but white) laying on a black leather couch in someone's living room.
Now, I couldn't find it to paste it for you..

I don't know the background of the pic but don't think tigers are legal in living rooms??

It was breathtaking in a surreal way though.
Yes, it was more than likely a white bengal tiger. I have seen other people with tigers in their house and I have some good ones of people sleeping with their cougar in bed (Some day, that will be me ) It isn't that it is illegal to have your tiger in the house, as long as you can LEGALLY own one where you live, but it can be very dangerous if you are not careful. If the tiger is in the house, at no time should strangers, even family, be allowed in the house until the cat is secured somewhere else. Having a cat this big also requires you to have a large outdoor enclosure for them as well. Some people have an outdoor enclosure attached to their home, like I do, with a cat door that allows the cat to come inside as well, but the house must also be VERY secure, as to prevent the cat from escaping outside. Most of the time however, these pictures are of very young tigers and or cougars. The owners will let them live inside their home until a certain age, to enhance the human/cat bond. Once they reach a certain size, they can no longer come inside. If you live in a building such as an apartment, condominium or townhouse, you must NEVER have a cat of this size living inside with you. Owning a large cat like this also requires you to have sufficient land, a minimum of 5 acres. There was a guy in New York City that had a tiger in his apartment. What an idiot, he was just asking for trouble. This was not good for all people invloved as well as for the welfare of the tiger. I am 100% FOR private ownership, but you MUST think and be responsible. This will guarantee the safety of your cat as well as the public.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
shoot, John..I just saw a gorgeous pic of a large cat (I swear it was a tiger but white) laying on a black leather couch in someone's living room.
Now, I couldn't find it to paste it for you..

I don't know the background of the pic but don't think tigers are legal in living rooms??

It was breathtaking in a surreal way though.
They are here as long as you not in a city ... ie I could move five minutes away and get any big cat I wanted... sad but true, theres no regulation on who can own them...
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat
Yes, it was more than likely a white bengal tiger. I have seen other people with tigers in their house and I have some good ones of people sleeping with their cougar in bed (Some day, that will be me ) It isn't that it is illegal to have your tiger in the house, as long as you can LEGALLY own one where you live, but it can be very dangerous if you are not careful. If the tiger is in the house, at no time should strangers, even family, be allowed in the house until the cat is secured somewhere else. Having a cat this big also requires you to have a large outdoor enclosure for them as well. Some people have an outdoor enclosure attached to their home, like I do, with a cat door that allows the cat to come inside as well, but the house must also be VERY secure, as to prevent the cat from escaping outside. Most of the time however, these pictures are of very young tigers and or cougars. The owners will let them live inside their home until a certain age, to enhance the human/cat bond. Once they reach a certain size, they can no longer come inside. If you live in a building such as an apartment, condominium or townhouse, you must NEVER have a cat of this size living inside with you. Owning a large cat like this also requires you to have sufficient land, a minimum of 5 acres. There was a guy in New York City that had a tiger in his apartment. What an idiot, he was just asking for trouble. This was not good for all people invloved as well as for the welfare of the tiger. I am 100% FOR private ownership, but you MUST think and be responsible. This will guarantee the safety of your cat as well as the public.

Ah...so it was real then!
Have you read "The Tribe of Tiger" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas?
Its a great read on domestics and wild cat comparison.
Someone here recommended it to me.
There are some great stories of a girl and her cougar in it.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by sharky
They are here as long as you not in a city ... ie I could move five minutes away and get any big cat I wanted... sad but true, theres no regulation on who can own them...
This all depends on what state you live in (in the USA) Some require you to have a USDA license before you can own such an animal. There should be NO regulations AGAINST people from owning them (no bans), but you should have proof of experience in working with these large cats, before you can obtain a permit. I feel a criminal background check should also be required. (Hopefully this would weed out the scum bags who own large cats like these to guard their drug labs ) Any first time exotic cat onwer must NEVER start out by owning a large cat like a tiger, lion or cougar, unless you have proof of experience working with such animals or have a few years experience caring for the smaller exotic cat species. I have had bobcats now for a couple years and have passed an exotic feline husbandry course. One day, I would like to have a cougar, but NOT until I know I have the experience I need to own one. I have worked around cougars, lions and tigers. It is a wonderful experience, but you MUST BE RESPONSIBLE, I can not stress this enough.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
Ah...so it was real then!
Have you read "The Tribe of Tiger" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas?
Its a great read on domestics and wild cat comparison.
Someone here recommended it to me.
There are some great stories of a girl and her cougar in it.
Never read it. I will have to look it up
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