Saturday, 6 September 2014

NEWSLINK: Cougar menaces hikers in Waterton Lakes National Park

Karen Owen, CTV Calgary 
Published Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:44PM MDT 
Last Updated Tuesday, August 26, 2014 6:59PM MDT

A 16-year-old girl was attacked by a cougar yesterday in Waterton Lakes National Park.

The cougar had been threatening other hikers throughout the day, but this was the first attack.

Mykaela Belter, who lives in St. Albert, was hiking with her family along the Lakeshore Trail. 

The teenager was walking past a bush when the cougar attacked her.

The girl’s sister grabbed her and the cougar let go.

The teenager has some puncture wounds on her thigh and lower back. 

She received stitches at the hospital and was released.

Parks Canada had sent out resource officers earlier in the day to look for the cougar.

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