B.C. woman airlifted to hospital with serious injuries in a cougar attack

AGASSIZ, B.C. — The British Columbia Conservation Officer Service says a woman has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after being attacked by a cougar.

The service posted on Twitter that the attack happened Tuesday morning at the woman's remote property west of Agassiz in the Fraser Valley, about 110 kilometres east of Vancouver.

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It says the conservation service's predator attack team responded to the scene, as did paramedics and the RCMP.

B.C. Emergency Health Services says in a statement it received a call just before 8:15 a.m. about the attack along a forest service road and deployed an air ambulance as well as three ground ambulances.

It says the patient was transported in serious condition to a trauma hospital.

Further details on the woman's condition aren't yet known.

A series of cougar sightings and attacks on dogs earlier this spring in the Port Moody area of Metro Vancouver led to one cougar being caught and euthanized.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 4, 2021.

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