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A dog has its owner to thank after he intercepted a cougar attack on Vancouver Island last Wednesday night. 

The incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. on June 1st, when a Port Alberni resident on Timberlane Road was letting his small dog outside when a cougar pounced on the dog. 

The owner managed to kick the cougar away, grab his dog and make it back inside.

During the incident, the dog’s owner received minor injuries. The dog is currently recovering from its own injuries. 

Conservation officers along with a COS K-9 handler, are currently in the area attempting to track down the offending cougar. 

Officers are asking residents to stay away from the area and nearby trails and remind pet owners to keep them on a leash and be aware of your surroundings when outside. 

Residents of Port Alberni who see a cougar should report sightings immediately to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

For more cougar safety tips, visit Staying Safe around Wildlife.

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