Kamloops man's photos capture cougar taking down a deer

Kamloops hunter Ryan Headlee captured this photograph of a cougar taking down a deer near Kamloops Lake on Nov. 4.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/ Ryan Headlee

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops hunter captured snapshots of a once in a lifetime experience on the way home from a hunting trip last week.

Ryan Headlee took to Facebook on Nov. 4 to detail a shocking encounter between a cougar and a deer he witnesses near Kamloops Lake on his way back to the city from a hunting trip. His post has since been shared more than 14,000 times.

Headlee was out hunting with a friend early in the morning and started to head back to town once his friend left. He decided to take the "long way home" to see some new sights before getting lost in the forest service roads near Kamloops Lake.

In the post, Headlee says he was on the phone with his wife at around 5 p.m. after passing Tranquille Valley when he noticed six does on the side of the road.

"I got pretty close in the truck and was just checking them out when all of a sudden this mountain lion jumps out of the bush next to me with a loud snarl and takes down a doe, throwing her to the road," Headlee says in his post.

He scrambled for his phone to take a video but he only ended up getting a few spectacular photographs before the mountain lion dragged the deer off the road.

"I watched the deer expire and I locked eyes with the cougar for a few minutes until a passing car scared him off," his post says. "What a feeling to witness such a rare event."

Headlee says in his post he'll be telling this story to his grandchildren in 30 years.

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