The COS Predator Attack Team investigation has determined the cougar that mauled a 69-year-old man at his Soo Valley property near Whistler was a young, emaciated male and the attack was predatory in nature.
While such attacks are rare, a highly-motivated cougar desperate for food is more likely to attack a human, COS said in an update.
The COS emphasized that the victim took the right steps and fought back against the cougar, which likely saved his life.
The investigating team remains at the attack site today – a rural property – as they continue to monitor the situation and ensure public safety.
CO’s believe the offending cougar was the one put down yesterday and the public is not at risk.
The public is urged to be prepared in case of any wildlife encounters.
“If you are confronted by a cougar, make yourself look as large as possible and keep the cougar in front of you at all times. Never run or turn your back on a cougar, as the sudden movement may provoke an attack. If you are attacked, fight back,” COS said.