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How A Cougar Encounter On Vancouver Island Led To A Call From Metallica

Vancouver Island Cougar

Photo: Wayne Linton

A woman on Vancouver Island had a close encounter with a cougar while she was out on a hike.

Denise Gallant, 45, was hiking in South Duncan with her dog, Murphy, when she felt like she was being stalked.

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A few miles into the woods, she turned around and realized that a cougar was following her and Murphy.

According to CNN, he yelled at the cougar, asking it to leave, and waved her arms, but nothing worked.

Then, she tried something unexpected. She stopped filming, and decided to play the loudest song she could think of.

The band? Metallica.

The song: “Don’t Tread On Me.”

Almost immediately, she says, the cougar ran off.

“I was out hiking when I noticed this cougar stalking me. it wasn’t afraid at all just kept staring at me. I started to play Metallica “don’t tread on me” on my iTunes and that’s how I finally scared it off!!”, she wrote in the YouTube video description.


Don’t Tread On Me

The entire encounter lasted approximately five minutes. Afterwards, she continued playing the song on a loop for remainder of the hike.

“I actually thought it was really cool that I got to see a cougar for so long. I thought it was exciting”, she told CNN.

After making it known that she would like to thank the band for saving her, and Murphy’s, life, she got exactly what she wanted.

Following a bit of communication with a liason, Denise received a call from Metallica front-man, James Hetfield.

“I was a little lost for words. It’s surreal how quickly it happened and how far it’s gone. The fact that he’s so down to earth and such a great person, I’m very pleased to find that out first-hand”, Denise told CTV.

The two then discussed their dogs, as well as their respective area of residence, before Hetfield sent her a selfie after the call to prove it was actually him.

Thinking back on the cougar encounter, Denise knows what happened.

“I definitely think Metallica saved the day there, for sure.”

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