Pacific Rim National Park isn’t the most forgiving of places along the coast of Vancouver Island, and this week a Canadian family learned that the hard way, in the form of a cougar attack on their 18 month old boy.
The good news is that the little guy is OK. Authorities have been tracking the cougar in the days since the incident and have closed off that section of the park, at Kennedy Lake, near Ucluelet.
Hopefully this won’t dissuade hikers from what’s arguably one of the top five trekking destinations on Earth. As harrowing as this incident was, remember that cougar attacks are extremely rare, and as harrowing as it was, any time you enter nature, you enter the natural habitat of the extraordinary creatures that call it home.