Cold Steel Boar Spear used to defend family from Cougar attack!
The Cold Steel Boar Spear struck a decisive blow for personal defense recently when
it was used to successfully defend the life of a Vancouver woman who was being mauled
by a cougar!
Cold Steel HQ was inundated with emails following the release of this dramatic story.
News sources report that the 60 year old woman was attacked by the predator outside
her remote cabin in British Columbia, suffering severe injuries to her face and
head. However, it was the quick actions of her common-law partner that saved her
from a grisly death.
Reacting swiftly to the screams of his wife, the unidentified man jumped to her
defense and stabbed the cougar with his Cold Steel Boar Spear.
The body of the big cat was recovered shortly afterwards by Conservation Officers
and their specially trained tracking dogs. The beast had fled barely 20 meters from
the scene before expiring from its injuries.
Conservation Officer, Sgt. Ben York praised the man's quick actions. He said: "I'm
pretty sure that this is the first time in British Columbia, if not Canada and maybe
even North America, where someone has stopped an attack by a cougar with a spear
and killed it with a spear".
Describing this unprecedented act of courage, Sgt. York stated: "I understand why
he did it, but it still takes a lot of bravery to do what he did and I'm glad he
was there to rescue her. You know it could have turned out a lot differently if
he hadn't been around".
In an email to Cold Steel, he went on to add: "I can confirm that the spear used
in defense during the recent cougar attack on Flores Island, BC was a commercially
obtained Cold Steel Boar Spear. The spear was used by the victim's common-law partner
to drive the cougar off of her. The cougar was found dead nearby by the responding
Conservation Officers and a necropsy of the cougar by the Provincial Wildlife Veterinarian
confirmed the cougar died from the spear wounds it received".
There have since been several unconfirmed reports of earlier incidents involving
the same cougar, who had apparently stalked other people in the area including tourists
and a local school teacher.
The big cat had reportedly made several attempts to stalk and attack the family
over the previous months, and at one point the woman had actually chased the cougar
away with a machete. The next time however, she wasn't so fortunate. The cougar
attacked her from behind and (according to news reports) her skull was crushed by
the big cats' jaws.
The woman's husband heard her cries for help and grabbed the spear that he kept
nearby. Leaping to her defense.
Sgt. York said: "it appears likely the man tried to prepare himself for any kind
of event and kept the spear handy. This was his partner of some years, so there's
no way he was going to let that cougar have its way."
The Cold Steel Boar Spear is inspired by a battlefield weapon and hunting tool used
by European nobility. Made of high quality spring tempered SK-5 steel, with a sturdy
central rib that reinforces the sharp dual edges of its blade. Mounted on a premium
American ash spear shaft, the Boar Spear is a popular hunting tool that has gained
increasing popularity with the survival community.
Cold Steel President Lynn C Thompson said: "This is an awesome story of courage
under pressure. This loving husband gathered his nerve and nailed his life to his
spine. He grabbed the boar spear and faced a cougar to protect his loved one! It
doesn't get more primal than that!"
He went on to say: "The Boar Spear represents the culmination of hundreds of years
of weapon evolution. A good Boar Spear is a truly formidable weapon that can be
a life saver in the right hands. I've trained with these spears for many years,
and I've hunted dangerous game with them in the past. I'm honored that my spear
was there when the chips were down! The bravery shown here by this Gentleman is
Understandably after such a traumatic event and the resulting media attention the
family wish to remain anonymous and I respect that, but I'd like to add that if
the family do wish to contact me privately, I would like to talk to them more about
this encounter and express my admiration personally."
Video: Cold Steel Spears In Action
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