The big cat jumped the man from behind while he was walking with a
skateboard along a dirt path through woods in Banff, Alberta, on
Thursday, according to Bill Hunt, a Parks Canada field unit manager.
“He hit the animal with the skateboard and stunned him,” Hunt said.
The man, who is in his mid-20s, was listening to music through
earbuds. His jacket hood was pulled over his head, Hunt said, possibly
making him look inviting to a cat that is stimulated by motion.
He says the man didn't suffer any injuries, but was reluctant to report
the incident because he'd hit the cougar with his skateboard and worried
he might have violated a wildlife law.