9-Year-Old Survives Cougar Attack
A 9-year-old who was playing hide-and-seek has survived what is being called a rare cougar attack. The post 9-Year-Old Survives Cougar Attack appeared first on The Seattle Medium.
A 9-year-old who was playing hide-and-seek has survived what is being called a rare cougar attack. The girl is recovering at a hospital in Washington state. She was attacked by the cougar while playing hide-and-seek outdoors with her friends. Lily Kryzhanivskyy was attacked when she jumped out to surprise her friends.
It was reported that the children had been attending a camp near Fruitland in northeastern Washington, about 70 miles from Spokane. Many know it could have been worse. Lily was taken to a hospital for treatment, where she is out of the intensive care unit and making an “amazing” recovery, her mother said in the statement.
Wildlife experts say that cougar attacks are rare, with only two fatal attacks having taken place in the state of Washington. Four years ago, a cougar stalked two mountain bikers in the state’s Cascade Mountains. One of the bikers was killed. Prior to this recent attack, 19 attacks have resulted in injuries to humans in the past 100 years, the department said.
The cougar that stalked two mountain bikers and then killed one in the Cascade Mountains was just the second fatal cougar attack in the state in 100 years. The cougar was possibly responding to instinct. Hungry cougars would rather attack livestock, sheep or cows than humans.
The young male cougar that attacked Lily has been killed, the statement said, and tests showed the animal didn’t have rabies. The cougar was emaciated and weighed about 100 pounds, officials with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife police said. That’s significantly less than what male cougars typically weigh, experts said.
An expert said that the cougar might have been injured or sick, “which would then cause it to start acting in a way it shouldn’t.” Fish and wildlife experts euthanized the animal, and a necropsy will be performed to try to determine what provoked the attack, including any disease.