Survival Tip: Cougars Hate Metallica


Who knew cougars had taste? On July 23rd, while walking her dog Murphy on a logging road near Duncan, B.C., Dee Gallant “had the feeling” they were being watched. “I looked over to the right and there it was,” she told KelowaNow. “I couldn’t make it out at first and thought, ‘Oh, that is a strange color. That’s not a tree.’”

Do trees creep through the bushes, eagerly waiting to ambush their next unfortunate victim? I think not. ‘Twas a cougar — not the ideal wildlife to encounter on your morning stroll. “I stopped and looked at him and he didn’t stop. I looked at him and said, ‘hey, you, stop it’ and he stopped. That’s when I started filming.”

Before resorting to more extreme measures, Gallant did her best to gently advise the feline to fuck off. “Get out of here. Bad kitty. I’ll fight you!” But alas, it was a stubborn cat. “I quickly rifled through my iTunes and found Metallica ‘Don’t Tread On Me’,” she explained. “I thought it was the noisiest thing on my phone that would probably scare it, that was also the messaged I wanted to convey to the cougar. As soon as it started to play, he buggered off into the bush.”

”I guess he didn’t want to eat anything that leaves a Metallica taste in his mouth,” Gallant joked. She made it home without a scratch, and claims she wasn’t scared at all. “I would love to contact them someday and tell James Hetfield that he saved my life,” she laughed.

Ain’t that sweet? Metallica are heroes! Watch the video below, but keep in mind that we shouldn’t plan to continue using this strategy in the future, just in case, god forbid, the mountain lions actually start getting into thrash. Wildsafe BC has some more appropriate safety tips.

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