British Columbia

Fresh from a kill, this cougar stares down B.C. woman in 'terrifying' encounter

The photos are enough to make most people’s blood run cold: a close-up shot of a cougar with a kill, lounging in the backyard of a home on Vancouver Island.

Marnie Robinson from Port Alberni was outside just minutes before cougar took down deer

'It wouldn’t take its eyes off of me,' says Marnie Robinson about the cougar in her yard, which had just killed a deer. (Marnie Robinson)

The photos are enough to make most people's blood run cold: a close-up shot of a cougar with a kill, lounging in the backyard of a home on Vancouver Island.

Marnie Robinson, who lives outside Port Alberni, B.C., had just returned home from dropping her children off at school when she heard a noise in her yard.

"I heard what sounded like a cat fight so I ran up to my door," she said. She opened her door before closing it quickly to prevent her dog from bolting outside.

When she looked out of a window, she only spotted a deer at first, lying on its back, legs flailing in the air, about 12 metres away.

Then she saw the cougar.

"It was so calm and still, it had its mouth on the deer's neck and was wagging its tail," Robinson told Gregor Craigie, host of CBC's On The Island.

"That was terrifying, I didn't know what to do."

The cougar was in Marnie Robinson's garden, about 12 metres away from her house. (Marnie Robinson)

'It's really eerie'

Robinson grabbed her camera and started snapping photos.

"Once it saw me, it just stared me down," she said.

"It wouldn't take its eyes off of me. We had this stare-down for a while, which was terrifying."

Robinson's video of the cougar dragging the deer away went viral on social media:

Robinson lives in a rural area surrounded by forest, about 10 minutes drive from Port Alberni. There are many deer, she said, but she's never encountered a cougar before.

"I've always been aware that there are cougars around but now I'm probably a little more nervous because it's just made it so much more real," she said.

Since then, she's been taking extra precautions like meeting her children at the school bus drop-off to walk with them back to the house.

"It's really eerie ... knowing that they are out there and we can't see them," she said.

With files from On The Island

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