“So I just found a shed antler, and there’s a monster, monster tom at 20 metres looking at me. A monster tom cougar. And no, I don’t have a gun. I have nothing. And he is huge.”
With those words, Adam Bartsch began an hour-long dance with what he and his wife estimate to be a young, 140-pound, tom cougar. Bartsch captured the entire thing on video.
Filmmaker and hunting instructor Chantelle Bartsch says it happened on Thursday. She said her husband was on a popular walking trail just north of Campbell River looking for antlers and setting trail cameras when he felt an eerie feeling.
“He described it as the hairs on the back of his neck standing up, and he looked up and there was a cougar eyeballing him,” she said.
Adam actually had a cougar tag in his pocket, but the area where the encounter occurred is closed to firearms, and Chantelle said his machete was in a backpack he had put down during his walk.