09/09/2013 09:26 EDT | Updated 11/09/2013 05:12 EST

Cougar attack leaves B.C. woman with critical injuries

A B.C. woman is in critical condition in hospital after being attacked by a cougar on a remote island off the coast of Vancouver Island.

The 60-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was attacked from behind late yesterday afternoon near her home on Flores Island, about 20 kilometres northwest of Tofino.

“Apparently, it’s a cougar that was known about,” said Capt. Ray Jacobson with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria.

“They’ve seen it for about a month now, they’ve had run-ins with it. When she was attacked, her husband apparently was able to basically fend the cougar off. The cougar was injured. The last we know about the cougar is it departed into the bush.”

The woman was taken by coast guard boat to Tofino and then airlifted to hospital.