Maureen Espinosa Saves Daughter Maya, Three, from Cougar Attack
Maureen Espinosa saved her three-year-old daughter, Maya, from a cougar attack in Squamish, British Columbia, on June 16. The mother and daughter were picking salmonberries near their home in Brackendale, when a cougar lunged toward Maya. According to Espinosa, the cougar flew straight at, then jumped on top of and rolled her daughter around on the ground.
Espinosa then threw her own body between the cougar and her daughter, pushed the cougar off her back, and ran away with her daughter in her arms.
Maya suffered head puncture wounds and arm and ear lacerations, but is not seriously injured and was released from the hospital on the same day, after receiving stitches.
“I just feel really blessed and really grateful and really lucky,” said Ms. Espinosa, who spent a restless night reliving the attack.
“I had a real weird sort of connection with the cougar, too, because there was a moment of eye contact and there was a long moment of physical contact because it was on my back and shoulders and arms and I had to pry him off and push him off.”
After the ordeal, conservation officers tracked and shot a young male cougar believed to be the one that attacked Maya. According to conservation officer Chris Doyle in The Province, cougar activity has risen recently in the area, including 30 sightings of at least four different cougars.