VIDEO: B.C. man rescues dog during encounter with two cougars

A Vancouver Island man has shared video showing a pair of cougars as they narrowly miss turning his dog into dinner.

Mike Germunstad was at a cabin in the woods just west of Campbell River on Thursday afternoon when he encountered the two cougars. He was cleaning up garbage that had been dumped near the cabin when he heard a sound in the bush.

“I thought I heard a vehicle approaching, so I took a break and I was just being quiet so I could hear if someone was coming, and then I thought I saw a dog coming past the cabin,” he said. “I just caught a glimpse of something.”

It was a cougar. And another one soon followed.

Video recorded by Germunstad shows the wild cats standing almost perfectly still near the deck of the cabin. They locked eyes on his dog Shorty, he said, and one of them lunged forward.

“Just as I reached down to grab him, the cougar bolted over towards me and tried to snatch Shorty,” he said.

In the video, Germunstad can be heard telling the dog, “Come here!” as the cougar approaches.

The camera becomes shaky and Germunstad is heard yelling, “Get outta here!”

READ MORE: Mother hailed as hero in Vancouver Island cougar attack

READ MORE: Cougar on Island might have been shot with bow-and-arrow

VIDEO: Vancouver Island hunter stalked by a cougar

Moments later the cougar is seen slinking away to join its friend, which is crouching near a tree.

Germunstad said he grabbed his dog, a 75-pound American bully, a type of pitbull, by the scruff of its neck and threw it inside the cabin of his ATV, while the cougar “slammed into my leg.”

He said the dog “has zero aggression” and wouldn’t have stood a chance against the two cougars.

“He loves all other dogs and animals – he likes cats,” Germunstad said. “He’s definitely not a fighter.”

In another clip, the dog is seen panting inside the off-road vehicle.

Germunstad said he pulled out a machete as he observed and filmed the cougars for a few minutes – they were blocking his exit – before starting the engine of the ATV.

This apparently caused the two cougars to saunter off into the woods.

Germunstad said he saw them again as he drove away before they disappeared into the bush.

It’s not the first time that Germunstad, a truck driver who recently founded a company called Throttle Therapy ATV Adventures, has encounter a big cat in the wild.

About 10 years ago, he saw a cougar on Ripple Rock Trail – just north of Campbell River – that had just killed a dog.

Germunstad said that he alerted conservation authorities about the latest cougar encounter, and he wishes the wild cats no harm.

”They’re beautiful animals,” he said, noting that he’s not a hunter. “I just enjoy shooting things with a camera.”

He added that people who frequent the cabin should stop dumping garbage in the woods.

“It’s not nice when you go to a beautiful spot and you find a huge mess everywhere,” he said.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Screengrab from video by local resident Mike Germunstad shows two cougars moments before one of them lunges at his dog on April 4, 2019 in the woods just west of Campbell River.

Just Posted

Easter egg hunts and fun for families

More events scheduled for Sunday in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Bobcats, bears, and otters, oh my!

Critter Care Wildlife Society’s 20th anniversary gala set for next Saturday in Langley

Victoria ‘reviewing options’ for removing convicted councillors

Pitt Meadows lobbied for change after David Murray’s sex assault conviction

Cubetto teaches kids the building blocks of coding

Fraser Valley Regional Library’s wooden robot coming to Maple Ridge in May

Toothpick speech a Toastmasters win for Pitt man

Stefano Cossalter won the district-level contest.

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Parents say Austrian climber missing in Banff National Park ‘lived his dream’

David Lama, Hansjorg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing since Wednesday

Most Read