Metallica's James Hetfield Called Woman Who Scared Wild Cougar Away With 'Don't Tread on Me'

James Hetfield of Metallica
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James Hetfield of Metallica performs on stage at Twickenham Stadium on June 20, 2019 in London, England. 

Last week, Canadian resident Dee Gallant was walking her dog when she came face-to-face with a wild cougar. After failed attempts to shoo the predator, she played "Don't Tread on Me" by Metallica on her phone, and it actually worked.

“I would love to contact them someday and tell James Hetfield that he saved my life,” she told local news station KelownaNow at the time. Now, her wish came true. Gallant said Metallica’s rep called her last week to inform her that she'd get a phone call from someone in the band, but she was surprised to hear Hetfield's voice on the other end. 

“I was a little bit lost for words,” Gallant told CTV. “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," she continued. "I would’ve just fallen out of my skin with excitement.”

After the call ended, Gallant got a selfie from Hetfield and a text that read, “Thought you might like some confirmation that it was me.”

See the selfie below.


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