A biologist with the provincial Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) is recovering in the hospital following a harrowing encounter with a mountain lion. The biologist was performing this labors in the surrounding area of Nose Mountain when she was pummeled by the cougar. Another employee with the ESRD by the name of Jamie Hanlon confirmed that their follow co-worker sustained injuries during the attack. Her co-workers administered first aid to her and until she was transported to the local hospital in Grand Prairie.

At the time of the attack, seven ESRD workers were conducting research for the Fisheries Sustainability Index. Details are sketchy about the types of injuries the woman sustained in the attack, but officers with the Fish and Wildlife are taking it seriously. The cougar has a death sentence declared on it and once it is captured by the Fish and Wildlife, it will be put to sleep.

Additional details came forward which indicate the injuries sustained by the victim were serious. She was airlifted by STARS to the hospital. The officers searching for the cougar are actually a posse of four members with Fish and Wildlife and a houndsman to aid in the tracking effort. The typical behavior of cougars is reclusive and they shy away from humans. For a cougar to outright attack a person makes them a danger to the general public. For that reason, it will be killed to prevent further attacks.

Brendan Cox, spokesman for the office of the Justice and Solicitor General, explained to the public that cougars are known to roam these parts. If a person is attacked by a cougar, the best defense is to put up a struggle and fight back. Generally, cougars expect their prey to attempt to flee. Fighting back causes them to realize person is not prey and they subsequently withdraw.