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B.C. woman survives cougar encounter by blasting Metallica

A Vancouver Island woman who had a tense encounter with a cougar last week says the heavy metal band, Metallica, saved her life.

Dee Gallant told Kelowna Now that she and her dog Murphy were out for their usual trail walk on a logging road outside of Duncan B.C., when the large cat approached them.

Gallant said the usual trail is about five kilometres, but she spotted the animal around the two-kilometre mark.

“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 colour, that’s not a tree,’” she said.

Once it started walking towards them, Gallant said she was able to see that it was a cougar.

In a July 23 Facebook post from Gallant, she describes initially using her “mean voice,” on the cougar, but that it just kept staring at her.

“I quickly rifled through my iTunes and found Metallica ‘don’t tread on me,”’ she wrote. “As soon as it started to play… he buggered off into the bush. I guess he didn’t want to eat anything that leaves a Metallica taste in his mouth.”

According to Kelowna Now, Gallant and her dog carefully walked the rest of the trail, making noise and staying as alert as possible.

Gallant added that she will never leave home without the band.

“I would love to contact them someday and tell James Hetfield that he saved my life,” she said.