Child mauled in cougar attack near Ucluelet

An 18-month-old child is in hospital after being attacked by a cougar in Pacific Rim National Park on Monday night.

A cougar has attacked an 18-month-old child in Pacific Rim National Park, Parks Canada spokesperson Laura Judson said.

The attack happened in the Kennedy Lake portion of the park at 6 p.m. on Monday night.

Members of the child’s family stopped the attack and chased the cougar away.

The child suffered undisclosed injuries and is in hospital recovering.

The Kennedy Lake portion of the park is closed to the public while Parks Canada and B.C. Conservation Service officers track down the cougar, Judson said.

A Parks Canada wolf and cougar advisory has been in effect since two dogs were killed in cougar attacks in mid-August.

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