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Dog Eva dies after suffering a skull fracture while defending her owner from a cougar

A hero dog who saved his owner from a mountain lion attack while out hiking has died after suffering a fractured skull in the attack.

The ferocious Belgian Shepherd, Eva, who suffered serious injuries to help avoid the attack, died after suffering several seizures this morning, according to posts on her owner’s Instagram.

The post read: ‘We said goodbye at 9:20 this morning.

‘There was no change in his condition overnight. Goodbye my beautiful sweet girl.

‘You are my world, my light, my best friend. The world is a much darker place.

Erin Wilson, 24, narrowly avoided being attacked to death by a mountain lion on a Northern California trail on May 16 thanks to Eva, who suffered serious injuries and helped prevent the attack.

Erin Wilson, 24, is pictured with her dog Eva before a horrific cougar attack left the dog with skull fractures.

Erin Wilson, 24, is pictured with her dog Eva before a horrific cougar attack left the dog with skull fractures.

Eva, the late Belgian Malinois, suffered two skull fractures and pierced breasts to protect her owner from an attacking mountain lion at Big Bar Pass in Northern California.

Eva, the late Belgian Malinois, suffered two skull fractures and pierced breasts to protect her owner from an attacking mountain lion at Big Bar Pass in Northern California.

Wilson was walking her pet on Big Bar Pass on May 16 in rural Trinity River in Northern California when the feral cat attacked her.

She said that Eva was off leash a few feet ahead of her when she had just started the walk. Her truck was still in sight on Highway 299 when she confronted the growling predator, Wilson told the sacrament bee.

He lunged at Wilson, hitting her left shoulder and clawing through her jacket.

“I can never live up to how amazing and loyal he is to me,” Wilson said at the time.

‘I yelled ‘Eve!’ and she came running,’ the 24-year-old hiker said. “And she hit the cat really hard.”

Wilson said the mountain lion appeared to be emaciated but still outgrew the 55-pound Belgian Malinois, who is 2 1/2 years old.

“They wrestled for a couple of seconds, and then I heard her start to cry,” Wilson said.

Erin Wilson, 24, was saved from a mountain lion attack by her brave dog

Erin Wilson, 24, was saved from a mountain lion attack by her brave dog

The cougar sank its fangs into Eva’s head and held on as Wilson pummeled it with his fists, rocks, sticks, and whatever else he could find. The hiker even tried gouging out the cat’s eyes.

The mountain lion defended the owner with its hind legs.

“They fought for a few moments until I heard her cry,” Wilson told the crowdfunding site. GoFundMe. The cat had it on the left side of the head. For the next few minutes I tried everything I could to free her. ‘

Wilson ran to his car to find an iron bar to hit the creature with and flagged down a driver, Sharon Houston.

Houston, a camp counselor who describes himself as “overprepared,” said Wilson was “pretty gutted.”

There were few drivers on the road and Big Bar is so remote that there is no cell phone service in most areas.

Wilson told him that “a mountain lion had just attacked his dog and wanted to know if he had a weapon, which was none other than my little pepper spray,” Houston told the blog. redhead black belt.

She said the dog’s frantic owner was “angry and terrified at the same time” and was holding an extendable cane.

“She was very determined to stop this mountain lion from attacking her dog so he couldn’t leave her,” the passerby said.

Houston said that after hitting the creature more, he released the dog and turned his attention to both women.

The cougar “hit us and bared its teeth,” Houston told the blog.

“I opened my pepper spray and just washed his face,” Houston told the blog. ‘It was the longest 5-10 seconds… I begged, ‘Please work, please work, please work.’

After the explosion of a chemical mace, he escaped.

“I think it’s safe to assume that that dog probably saved his life,” Capt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told The sacrament bee.

It was a frantic drive to the vet clinic an hour away, Eva started having seizures halfway through.

“I didn’t think I’d make it every time I started,” Wilson said.

The Malinois suffered two skull fractures, a punctured cranial cavity, and severe swelling around her left eye, which blocks her vision.

Erin Wilson, 24, seen here with her protector, Eva, a two-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois who fought off an attacking cougar.

Erin Wilson, 24, seen here with her protector, Eva, a two-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois who fought off an attacking cougar.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the attack, collecting DNA samples from the dog’s injuries and will try to catch the cougar, authorities said.

Cougar attacks on humans are rare: There have been 20 such incidents in California since 1986, three fatal. Authorities said if the animal is caught, it will be euthanized.

“My dog ​​is my hero and I owe him my life,” he said.

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