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Dog Suffers Two Skull Fractures While Defending Her Owner From Mountain Lion While On Walk

This is not a picture of the mountain lion in the story. (Photo: LUIS ROBAYO/AFP via Getty Images)

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Eva, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, reportedly jumped to the defense of her owner, 24-year-old Erin Wilson, after she was attacked by a mountain lion Monday northwest of Sacramento.

Wilson had taken Eva out for an afternoon walk when a mountain lion lunged and swiped at her, scratching her arm through her jacket, according to The Sacramento Bee. “I yelled ‘Eva!’ and she came running,” Wilson said. “And she hit that cat really hard.”

Eva fought with the mountain lion but was eventually overpowered when the cougar bit down on the dog’s head and refused to let go, according to The Associated Press. State wildlife officials stated that Wilson attempted to help her faithful companion by throwing rocks and sticks at the mountain lion and at one point even attempted to gouge out its eyes, but it did not work, Fox29 reported.

When the cougar began dragging her dog off the trail, Wilson ran back to her vehicle in search of a tire iron, The Associated Press reported. She was then able to flag down a passing driver, who grabbed a four-foot long piece of PVC pipe and pepper spray and rushed to assist in Wilson’s attempt to save her dog, according to the Sacramento Bee. (RELATED: Mother Reportedly Runs After Leopard, Saves Child After The Animal Snatched Him)

“We’re just yelling and hitting it. I’m just hoping it’s going to let go because it didn’t feel like it was doing much of anything, hitting it in the skull,” Houston explained to the Bee. The cougar did eventually release Eva for a moment and Houston immediately used her pepper spray on the animal until it started backing away.

Wilson immediately drove Eva to the nearest emergency vet for treatment.

“The trip to the vet was about an hour, and midway through Eva began convulsing for several minutes at a time. I didn’t think she’d make it every time it started up. Fortunately, she pulled through and received urgent treatment. She is still not out of the woods, she is heavily sedated until we can be sure the pressure in her head is reduced. She has 2 fractures to her skull, a puncture into the sinus cavity and severe swelling around her left eye, which is impeding her vision. The vet is optimistic, she is 2.5 years old and is otherwise in top shape,” Wilson wrote on her GoFundMe Page.
“My dog is my hero and I owe her my life,” she concluded.
Officials have collected samples from the wounds for DNA analysis and will try to trap the cougar, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said, according to the Bee.