A hiker was approached by a cougar. She blasted Metallica to scare it off

Dee Gallant and Murphy had an exciting run-in during a hike

(CNN) – It is no secret that Metallica’s music can be kind of intense — so much so, that a hiker was able to scare off a curious cougar on Vancouver Island.

On July 23, Dee Gallant, 45, was on a hike in South Duncan with her dog, Murphy.

She was only a few miles into the woods when she turned around and realized that they were being stalked by a cougar.

At first, Gallant was intrigued; she had never seen a cougar that close before. But then she realized that the animal was approaching her.

She yelled, and the cougar stopped moving. But it did not retreat.

Gallant tried waving her arms and yelling at the cat, saying things like “bad kitty!” and “get out of here!” but the cougar stood its ground.

Gallant decided to resort to drastic measures. She opened her phone and chose the loudest band she could think of: Metallica.

The song: “Don’t Tread On Me.”

It was both a warning and an appeal.

Apparently, that song was what saved her. The cougar scurried off after the first few notes, the combination of heavy drums and James Hetfield’s vocals apparently too much to handle.

The incident lasted a total of five minutes, but Gallant said she was not scared.

“I actually thought it was really cool that I got to see a cougar for so long,” she said. “I thought it was exciting.”

Gallant kept the song on loop for the rest of her hike, making sure to stay in the middle of the road and keeping Murphy close.

“I definitely think Metallica saved the day there, for sure,” she said.

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