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Dog's owner fights off cougar

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CANMORE, Alta. -- Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers are on the lookout for a large adult cougar that attacked a leashed small dog being walked near downtown Canmore late Friday night.

The attack is the first known incident in the heart of the community and wildlife officials are advising the public to travel in groups and carry bear spray.

Shortly before midnight, a man was walking his two dogs on-leash near a grocery store when a cougar attacked the smaller of the two dogs.

The man, whose identity has not been released, fought off the cougar, saving the 15-kilogram dog's life.

"The guy had a bigger dog and a smaller dog, and the cougar went after the smaller dog. He fought the cougar off and the dog escaped with a few scratches," said District Fish and Wildlife officer Ron Wiebe.

-- Postmedia News

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 6, 2012 A8

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