Hiker scares off prowling cougar by blasting Metallica song

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A hiker in British Colombia is thanking the guys from Metallica for saving her life after she fended off a cougar with one of their songs.

Dee Gallant told Global News that she and her dog went to a logging trail on July 23 for their normal evening walk when she spotted a cougar, also known as a mountain lion, standing 50 feet away, staring at her. 

She tried waving her arms and yelling as the big cat made its way toward her and her dog. 

“Get outta here,” “bad kitty” and “I’ll fight you” were among the things she shouted at the cougar.

Vancouver Island resident Dee Gallant and her dog Murphy.Vancouver Island resident Dee Gallant and her dog Murphy. (Dee Gallant)

While recording the encounter, she stopped and went to her iTunes library, Global News reports. 

“I stopped filming, went to my iTunes and found Metallica‘s Don’t Tread on Me,” she said. “I thought it was perfect because it gives him the message that I want to send, and it’s a really intimidating-sounding song.

“I immediately put it on and I held it up high in the air,” she continued. “As soon as he heard the first note, he bolted. He was just gone."

Despite the close encounter, Gallant said she and her dog continued up the trail to complete their hike. She said she was nervous and remained cautious on her walk back home. 

When asked what she would say to Metallica, Gallant said, “I would definitely give them all a big hug and thank them for saving my life.”