Saturday, August 15, 2009

89-year-old man stranded; dog fends off cougars


CENTRALIA, Wash. -- An 89-year-old man who lay injured in the rain for two days after his ATV overturned says his big black dog protected him from circling cougars.

Raymond Orr's niece Sue Schofield tells KIRO-TV that her uncle was riding his four-wheeler on his property near Centralia earlier this week when he hit a log and crashed. He broke several bones and was helpless until relatives found him Thursday.

Orr says his dog Jake saved him from cougars.

Erik Olson of the Riverside Fire Authority confirms that Orr said cougars had appeared and the dog fended them off. Olson says paramedics were initially skeptical - until they saw the cougar tracks near the spot where Orr had been stranded. Olson says one of the firefighters is an avid hunter and confirmed the tracks were made by cougars.

Schofield says the family is thankful for Jake and impressed with Orr's determination. He's being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and his niece says he's expected to make a full recovery.

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