A dog who saved his owner from a mountain lion has died of his injuries nearly a month after the attack in California.
Eva’s owner Erin Wilson announced that her dog, a Belgian Malinois, had died on a GoFundMe page she had made to raise money to pay vet bills.
The attack took place on May 16 as Wilson was walking with 2-year-old Eva along the Trinity River in rural Northern California. A mountain lion attacked Wilson, striking his left shoulder. When she screamed, Eva swung into action, trying to defend her owner by attacking the cougar. After a few seconds of struggle, the cougar managed to grab the dog by the head in its jaws.
“For the next few minutes I tried everything I could to free her. Eventually I ran to my vehicle to get a gun and called for help from a kind woman named Sharon. Together we beat the cat while screaming until my dog was let go. .,” Wilson wrote on his GoFundMe page.
The two women found a piece of PVC pipe and Wilson proceeded to beat the mountain lion with it until it knocked Eva’s head off. They also used pepper spray and even tried to gouge out the cougar’s eyes.
There are approximately 6,000 mountain lions living in California. It is very rare to see a mountain lion in the wild and therefore the potential to be injured by a mountain lion is quite low. However, they are a danger to pets, especially small dogs and cats, with a recent report from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife revealing that of 83 mountain lions whose stomach contents were analyzed, 52% were found eating cats. , dogs or other domestic animals.
Eva suffered two skull fractures, a sinus cavity perforation, and severe swelling around her left eye, which impeded her vision. On her way to the vet, Eva began to convulse for several minutes.
Wilson initially set his fundraising goal of $5,000, but ended up raising over $35,000 to help pay Eva’s vet bills. Initially it looked like Eva might survive; on May 18, she was walking and climbing on her humans’ laps, playing outdoors and eating soft foods. “There was cheer in her steps,” Wilson wrote.
However, his condition started to get worse. “Your skull fracture was quite severe and your brain tissue is inflamed. Your brain is now pushing through the openings in your skull,” Wilson wrote in a June 7 update. While Wilson wrote that the vet was optimistic given Eva’s young age, she died on Wednesday.
“We say goodbye. We love you Eva. You are my whole world,” Wilson wrote.
Wilson has since seen a surge of support and kind words on his GoFundMe page.
“I’m so sorry to hear about Eva and I’m sending you prayers for healing and peace. She was an amazing and beautiful puppy and friend and my heart goes out to you. Take care,” said one donor.