Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

February 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Twisp girl, 11, kills cougar tracking her brother

The Associated Press

TWISP, Okanogan County — An 11-year-old girl shot a cougar that had been  following her 14-year-old brother to their home at Twisp, in north-central Washington, the state Fish and Wildlife Department said.

The female cougar killed last week was about 4 years old and weighed about 50 pounds, half of what it should weigh, said Officer Cal Treser. “This cougar was very, very skinny,” he said.

It was the third cougar killed in a week in the area just outside Twisp, The Wenatchee World reported Tuesday.

The children’s father, Tom White, had chased the cougar away from their calves twice  Feb. 19. The next day,  his son went out to feed the dogs and was returning to a basement door when he saw the cougar following him, Treser said.

“His dad was in there and said, ‘Close the door!’ and there was the cougar, right behind him,” Treser said.

His 11-year-old daughter had a tag to hunt cougars and shot the animal, he said.

So far this winter, Fish and Wildlife agents have tracked and killed five cougars for attacking domestic animals in the Twisp-Winthrop area. Five others in the Methow Valley have been killed by hunters.

The department issued five special permits allowing hunters to use dogs to track and kill cougars in response to an unusual number of cougar problems this winter. There may be more cougars than usual or they may be having trouble finding deer, their usual prey, agents said.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: cougar shot, Twisp


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►