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A cougar attacked a B.C. family's golden retriever Saturday night after the dog stepped in between the cougar and an 11-year-old boy. Police, who later shot the cougar dead, credited the 18-month-old dog -- Angel -- for saving the boy's life.
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." -- Josh Billings
"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." -- Andrew A. Rooney
"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience" -Woodrow Wilson
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” - Will Rogers
Conflict between cougars and humans is extremely rare. In the past 100 years, a total of five people have been killed by cougar attacks in B.C. (in comparison, bees kill upwards of three Canadians every year). All but one of these fatal cougar attacks occurred on Vancouver Island. During the same period, there were 29 non-fatal attacks in B.C - 20 of which occurred on Vancouver Island. The vast majority of these attacks were on children under the age of 16. Although a cougar attack is highly unlikely, it always pays to be prepared. Information and awareness are your best defenses.