A British Columbia woman is thanking heavy metal band Metallica for her narrowly missed brush with a cougar. Dee Gallant, 45, and her husky, Murphy, were out for their usual evening walk. Dee was only a few miles into the woods when she said she felt "like something was watching" them according toKelownaNow — a local news outlet. They were being stalked by a cougar!
"I looked over to the right and there it was, I couldn't make it out at first and thought 'oh that is a strange color, that's not a tree,'" she recalled. It wasn't until the predator was moving toward them that she realized what it was. "Initially I wasn't that scared, I remember thinking 'cool that's a cougar,' and then it was 'why is it still there?' before turning into 'oh my god it's coming toward me, I need to make it stop," she said. When she realized the cougar was coming towards her, she yelled, and the cougar stopped moving, but it didn't back away. Dee tried waving her arms and yelling at it, saying things like "bad kitty!" and "get out of here!" but the cougar wouldn't leave. According to Dee, it "froze like a statue" keeping its eyes fixated on her and Murphy. So, she opened her phone and chose the loudest band she could think of -- Metallica. She played their 1991 hit, "Don't Tread On Me". "I thought it was the noisiest thing on my phone that would probably scare it, that was also the message I wanted to convey to the cougar," she explained in an interviewlast Sunday.
It worked! As soon as the first notes of the song blared out, the cat ran away into the bush.
The whole incident lasted about five minutes — "I actually thought it was really cool that I got to see a cougar for so long," she said. "I thought it was exciting." But, for good measure, Dee kept the song on loop for the rest of her hike, making sure to stay in the middle of the road, keeping Murphy close and continuing to stay alert.