08/11/2016 14:52 EDT | Updated 08/12/2017 01:12 EDT

Jogger uses rock to battle cougar after attack on Vancouver Island logging road

VICTORIA — An official says a Vancouver-area man managed to thwart a recent cougar attack with a rock he used to battle the wild cat on a remote logging road on Vancouver Island.

Acting Insp. Ben York of the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service says the attack on Aug. 1 near Port Hardy left with the man with scratches and minor puncture wounds.

York says the man was jogging by himself along the road when he noticed a cougar stalking him and preparing to attack.

He says the cougar fled into the dense forest and the man was treated in hospital.

York says conservation officers and a tracking dog searched the area but could not locate the cat, which he says was likely a younger male cougar.