Generic photo of a snarling cougar in the wild.
STEVENS COUNTY, Washington. – A 9-year-old girl is recovering after being attacked by a cougar Saturday morning near Fruitland, Washington.
According to a statement from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the 9-year-old was visiting a camp when she was attacked.
WDFW officials say the girl was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The cougar was killed at the scene.
“Our primary thoughts are with the girl and her family,” said Staci Lehman, communications manager, WDFW Public Affairs.
The WDFW is investigating the incident.
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Wildlife officials are warning that more wildlife sightings and encounters are likely in western Washington in the spring. However, urge residents to exercise caution and take steps to keep their distance from wildlife such as bears and cougars.
This is an evolving story.