Man Shoots Charging Cougar

In what is becoming a trend on the west coast, John Ayler was forced to shoot a cougar that charged him and a friend. Noticing his dogs were acting oddly, Ayler, of Arlington, Washington, put his gun in his belt, and with his friend went outside to look around. When, instead of fleeing, the cougar charged directly at the two men, Ayler pulled his gun and killed the cat.

From the July 5, 1994, Armed Citizen, citing the March 25, 1994, Everett, Washington, The Herald.

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