Trail Runner Scares Cougar Away with Bear Spray



It’s not often and very unusual that cougars, also known as mountain lions, stalk adults, but trail runner Donny Stone was unfortunate enough to have this experience in Northern Alberta. He was running on a road about 100 km from Grande Prairie.

Luckily he had his bear spray.

Though it’s not the greatest quality he caught his incident on video, and this was posted on YouTube:

As he reported on YouTube:

I was on a road 100 KM from Grande Prairie. Scary night!!! Going for a 10k run down a nice trail I found a couple weeks ago. Well, coming back I saw two cougars cross the path in front of me. Got out a bear banger, bear spray and most important my video camera. Wouldn’t you know it, as I walked by not seeing them, one came at me. Bear spray to his eyes, hollering like I’ve never done before and away went the cat and his brother (well his brother looked like he might come at me too so I shot a little at him for good measure). And yes, most importantly you can see it on video.

Super excited to see the cats as it was always a dream of mine to see one as most of my friends have heard me say lots before. Only fitting that it was like this. Super happy to have my bear spray as I don’t think the bear banger would have done anything from 8 feet and I would have had to resort to my knife. The things running has brought into my life!

On a side note. Please if you run in the woods like I do pack bear spray and have it ready. I packed it tonight but didn’t have the safety off until I saw them cross in front of me. Had I not seen them and they attacked as I went by I wouldn’t have had time to get the safety off. It was an eye opener and I’m grateful it didn’t turn out worse.

Alicja

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