James Hetfield Calls Vancouver Woman Who Played Metallica To Fend Off Cougar Attack

August 7, 2019

A Vancouver woman recently made headlines after she used an unconventional to fend off a potential cougar attack. Denise Gallant says she was being followed by prowling cougar while out on a hike. After shouting and attempting to make herself appear bigger failed, she managed to scare the predator off by blasting Metallica's "Don't Tread On Me" from her phone.

According to a story by CTV News, Gallant was in for an added surprise when Metallica's James Hetfield called her personally. "I was a little bit lost for words," said Gallant. "It's surreal how quickly it happened and how far it's gone. The fact that he's so down to earth and such a great person, I'm very pleased to find that out first-hand."

"If you had told the 18-year-old me that this would happen, I never would've believed it. I would've just fallen out of my skin with excitement."

After the call ended, Hetfield sent Gallant a selfie of himself to prove that it was really him that called her with the message, "Thought you might like some confirmation that it was me."