This Hiker Used Metallica’s Music In Order To Save Herself And Her Dog From A Stalking Cougar

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This Canadian woman gives credit to one of her favorite bands for rescuing her and her dog from a cougar that wanted to devour them.

Dee Gallant went hiking in the wilderness in Vancouver Island, British Columbia with her dog, Murphy and they found themselves in an almost impossible and frightening situation.

While taking a walk through the woods, Gallant noticed that she and Murphy were quietly being stalked by a cougar who was situated about 50 feet away from them on the trail. When she saw the wild cat, it was already slowly making its way to them.

When Gallant shouted at it to stop moving, the animal remained where it was at the end of the hike trail, although still holding its predatory position of it being crouched with an intent gaze on gallant and her pup. Because the wind was blowing at the opposite direction, Murphy never picked up the cougar’s scent when Gallant spotted it. She knew that in order to survive, she needed to distract the big cat away before it attacked them – so she started waving her arms up in the air while screaming at the cougar.


After a minute of trying to frighten the cat away, all the while it remained staring at them – she realized she needed to try a different tactic and thought of something else to lose its interest in them.

She started cranking up the volume of her mobile phone and went through her music library and started playing the loudest song she had on it: Don’t Tread On Me by Metallica.

“I thought it was the noisiest thing on my phone that would probably scare it, that was also the message I wanted to convey to the cougar. As soon as the first notes blared out it ran into the bush,” she said.

Although Gallant was visibly shaken as she was headed back from her hike to civilization, she and her pup, Murphy were able to get back home safely. She now wants to share her story to all the Metallica members to thank them for rescuing her during this fated day.

“I would love to contact them someday and tell James Hetfield that he saved my life,” she relayed laughing.

Watch the video of Gallant and Murphy in the woods that day here: