Banff Boaters Watch Cougar Kill

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I’ve always wanted to see a cougar. Just see it, dangit. Amblin’ by is fine. A quick flash of tan hide and yellow eyes in the dark brush would be enough. But nothing so far, despite years logged in cougar country.

Meanwhile, five lucky Canucks in a boat on Banff’s Lake Minnewanka watched a 6-foot, 200-lb. mountain lion bring down a big horn sheep a mere 10-20 feet from their boat. Jerks.

Shawn Geniole, Kayla Pronger, Tahni Phillips, Paige Baker and Chris Phillips watched the entire hunt unfold in front of them, experiencing a real-live Mutual of Omaha’s Wild America moment in the process.

The cougar was stalking two rams, and though it scared one away, the other eventually fell prey to the big cat’s famously effective killing technique.

According to park officials, seeing an attach like this is extremely rare. The big horn sheep’s carcass was later removed and placed away from trails to avoid attracting other big predators to the area.

What’s a guy gotta do to see a cougar? Dress up like a big-horn sheep and hang out by an alpine lake?!

Saaaaaaaaay that gives me an idea…..

Ted Alvarez

Boaters watch cougar attack (Bannf Crag & Canyon)