Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cougar attack area stays closed as parks staff continue to hunt for the cougar that attacked an 18month-old boy, Canada - 3rd Sept 2011

Kennedy Lake in Pacific Rim National Park will remain closed during the long weekend as parks staff continue to hunt for the cougar that attacked an 18month-old boy on Monday.

"We did not catch anything today," Parks Canada spokeswoman Arlene Armstrong said Friday.

"We'll see what happens over the long weekend. We have extra staff out."

B.C. Parks has agreed to close its parks on either side of Kennedy Lake for the long weekend as well, said Armstrong.

The parks are not highuse areas but are popular with locals.

Julien Sylvester was attacked at Swim Beach in the Kennedy Lake day-use area, about 16 kilometres east of Ucluelet.

The boy was with his grandfather and four-yearold sister. The cat pounced on the child and sank its teeth into his skull before Julien's grandfather drove it away.

By Thursday, Julien's medical condition had been upgraded from fair to good. Read More