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Rossland boy suffers cougar attack(WA)
Castlegar Source ^ | 4 September, 2009 | NA

Posted on 09/10/2009 5:09:32 AM PDT by marktwain

A five-year-old Rossland boy has been hospitalized, treated and released after a cougar attack in Stevens Country, Wa., yesterday

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), issued a press release saying the child was attacked and injured while hiking with his family on the Abercrombie Mountain Trail, along Silver Creek in the Colville National Forest east of Northport.

“His parents, of Rossland, British Columbia, reported a cougar suddenly jumped out of a brushy area onto the boy, who was near his mother on the trail,” said the release. “The mother reportedly fought off the cougar and the parents took the child to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.”

The family has asked to remain unnamed.

The press release went on to say that the child suffered head wounds, but is expected to fully recover.

It also indicated that wildlife officers must now hunt, and euthanize, the cougar. “After WDFW was notified of the incident by the boy’s father this morning, WDFW officers contacted local hunters with hounds trained to tree cougars, to assist in searching for the cougar. If the animal is found, it will be killed.”

“When human life is threatened in this way, we take no chances,” said WDFW regional enforcement Capt. Mike Whorton. “Cougars that have attacked people clearly pose a continuing public-safety risk and are euthanized if they are captured.”

The WDFW also promised there would soon be signs on the trailhead, “advising users that cougars and other potentially dangerous animals are in the area, and offering advice on how avoid or deal with an encounter.

“The last cougar attack in Washington was last year in Douglas County. Since records have been kept, there have been 18 reported cougar attacks in the state, including one fatality in 1924 in Okanogan County.

WDFW estimates the state’s cougar population at about 1,900-2,100 animals.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Washington
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Good thing the mother was able to fight off the beast.
1 posted on 09/10/2009 5:09:32 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

How can they tell which cougar attacked the boy?


2 posted on 09/10/2009 5:14:55 AM PDT by Jemian (Yes, we CANN-IBAL!)
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To: marktwain

“It also indicated that wildlife officers must now hunt, and euthanize, the cougar.”

But don’t let citizens carry firearms on those trails.

Oh, no. Mustn’t allow that.

If the mother had a .357 on her hip and she knew how to use it, they wouldn’t have to hunt the cougar because it would already be dead and her son would have suffered far fewer injuries.

I’ve hiked the Cascades a lot. When you pass a big black bear on the trail, you want to be able to do more than wave your arms and hope.


3 posted on 09/10/2009 5:14:58 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Impeach President Bernanke.)
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To: marktwain

I seem to recall another article recently that suggested that the classic “stand your ground” strategy was more likely to provoke an attack from a cat.

Backing way or just taking off running seemed to be better ideas, according to the stats.


4 posted on 09/10/2009 5:16:59 AM PDT by Wiseghy ( ARE YOU BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE $4 TRILLION DOLLARS AGO?)
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To: marktwain
The WDFW also promised there would soon be signs on the trailhead, “advising users that cougars and other potentially dangerous animals are in the area, and offering advice on how avoid or deal with an encounter.

Almost as good as the one about the pepper spray and bears.

LOL

If you don't want to get hurt by a wild animal stay away from them. Problem solved.

5 posted on 09/10/2009 5:17:10 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: marktwain

Simon Impey

Mother fights off cougar during attack on son, 5

6 posted on 09/10/2009 5:21:57 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
The mother reportedly fought off the cougar...

Looks like moms can take care of Cougars with their bare hands.
7 posted on 09/10/2009 5:25:21 AM PDT by carumba (The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Groucho)
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To: Jemian

Waterboarding.
Seriously, intelligent predators need to be hunted on a regular basis to make sure they understand humans are not a safe prey item. They also need to be exterminated in high density areas where the locals can’t carry weapons.


8 posted on 09/10/2009 5:26:50 AM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

I carried my .357 while fishing in bear country this summer, but I doubt anyone would shoot at a couger while it’s in the midst of an attack on a 5 yr. old.

That’s a very tough call to make without being there and knowing whether there was a safe shot possible.


9 posted on 09/10/2009 5:27:45 AM PDT by G Larry ( Obamacare=Dying in Line!)
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To: G Larry

If nothing else, a shot into the ground to scare it off. And if you’re close enough to hit it, you’re pretty much at point-blank.


10 posted on 09/10/2009 5:33:16 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Impeach President Bernanke.)
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To: carumba

Go Google “Cougar attack.”

You tell me who usually wins those fights.

The mother and boy were very, very lucky.


11 posted on 09/10/2009 5:33:58 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Impeach President Bernanke.)
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To: ZULU

I agree. I have a theory that there are some animals (crocodiles, cockroaches, democRATS) God put on this earth just to see if humans were smart enough to exterminate them!


12 posted on 09/10/2009 5:34:28 AM PDT by Jemian (Yes, we CANN-IBAL!)
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I knew it would be a matter of time before Cougars started attacking younger males.
13 posted on 09/10/2009 5:38:38 AM PDT by WaterBoard (Eventually, Socialists run out of other peoples' money to spend.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
Give the Mom a medal for valor. I suppose the dad was busy looking for a big stick or something. As for the big cat, it must have been a rookie.
14 posted on 09/10/2009 5:39:23 AM PDT by carumba (The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Groucho)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

I don’t need to google anything!

I am abundantly clear about how difficult it is for a 3rd party to make a safe shot in the midst of a violent struggle!

I believe I know how “I” would have handled it, but it is not realistice to expect a mother in an emotionally charged situation, to be able to shoot safe.


15 posted on 09/10/2009 5:41:53 AM PDT by G Larry ( Obamacare=Dying in Line!)
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To: Jemian
How can they tell which cougar attacked the boy?

He was the one with mother bites all over his body.

16 posted on 09/10/2009 5:46:26 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Rebellion is not brewing. Frog is brewing.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Don’t worry son, someday the girls will find that a VERY sexy scar. :)


17 posted on 09/10/2009 5:48:02 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Rebellion is not brewing. Frog is brewing.)
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To: G Larry; Ghost of Philip Marlowe
I don’t need to google anything!

No, to get the joke apparently you really do.

18 posted on 09/10/2009 6:07:39 AM PDT by Eaker (If you have a problem and If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.)
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To: WaterBoard

Damn - not until post #13! A little slow today, fellas ...


19 posted on 09/10/2009 6:18:31 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: carumba
I suppose the dad was busy looking for a big stick or something.

Dad was 50 meters away.

20 posted on 09/10/2009 6:22:07 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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21 posted on 09/10/2009 3:30:18 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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