‘I feel lucky’: Hyde Park kids and their dog fend off cougar cub

Jun 28, 2022, 6:24 PM | Updated: 7:51 pm

HYDE PARK, Utah — A brother and sister in Cache Valley had a close call with a cougar cub that they mistook for a cat.

Sixteen-year-old Lucy and nine-year-old Jackson Britsch were out walking with their dog Harley on what should have been a routine stroll.

“Jackson pointed out he saw a cat and it was sort of meowing at us and I thought it was friendly,” Lucy Britsch explained.

It happened near 200 East and 200 North in Hyde Park Friday.

She said, “I went to go approach it. I gave Harley to Jackson and then it went straight past me and made a B-line for Harley and started attacking her.”


16-year-old Lucy Britsch said she first thought the cougar cub was a cat. (KSL TV) Jackson Britsch said the encounter left him startled and he wanted to get away from the cougar. (KSL TV) Harley was ok but she did have a few scratches from the cougar. (KSL TV) Dad James Britsch said he was glad Harley was there with his kids. (KSL TV)

“It was also the size of Harley, just a little skinnier, and at that point, it was like, ‘Oh shoot. It’s not a cat,’” the 16-year-old explained.

Jackson said, “I was feeling really scared and I wanted to just run forward and get away from it.”

Then the reality started to sink in. “We had a mountain lion following us,” Lucy said. “It was intense and I was scared for my dog. I was scared for my little brother and I didn’t know what to do.”

The siblings realized they and their dog were ok.

Their father James Britsch said, “I’m very grateful that the dog was there and helped protect the kids.”

Harley did have some minor scratches.

James Britsch said it wasn’t until they found a video on YouTube that the kids recognized the sounds they heard just blocks away.

“And Lucy immediately said, ‘Yeah, that’s it! Yeah, it was a mountain lion, that’s what it was,’” her dad said.

Cougar Stalks Man For Six Minutes During Run In Utah Canyon

According to the Division of Wildlife Resources, if you come face-to-face with a cougar you should avoid running from the animal, maintain eye contact with the animal, and make yourself look bigger by waving your arms while talking in a loud voice.

It worked for the Britsch kids, the cub backed off.

Lucy said, “I feel lucky.”

The Division of Wildlife Resources wants to hear about cougar sightings especially if they kill something in your neighborhood, display aggressive behavior, or spot it several times on security cameras.

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‘I feel lucky’: Hyde Park kids and their dog fend off cougar cub