9-Year-Old Recovering After Cougar Attack

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The girl sustained severe injuries to her face and head after the attack happened at a Washington campground

A young girl is recovering from serious injuries after a cougar attacked her at a campground near Fruitland, Washington.

According to KXLY.com, the attack occurred Saturday, May 28, 2022. The mountain lion attacked when Lily, 9, and two of her friends wandered up a trail.

People rushed to help Lily, but she had sustained such severe injuries that one man thought she was dead.

“It’s going to be in my mind and my heart forever,” said Ivan Zhuk, who was one of the people who discovered Lily and helped bring her to safety. “When I got there, she was under the tree. I thought she was dead because she is pouring blood and everything, just covered in blood basically.”

While Lily was taken to safety, others found the young male cougar and killed it.

Lily suffered serious injuries to her face and head. Her family reports she awoke for the first time since the attack on Monday and is in stable condition and doing well.

Experts say cougar attacks are extremely rare.

“In the past 100 years, we’ve had two fatal attacks on humans in Washington state,” said Staci Lehman, communications manager for Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Lehman says Lily did nothing to cause the attack.

“In this instance, this little girl did nothing wrong,” she said. “It happened so quickly, and there’s nothing she could have done to prevent it.”

The cougar will be tested for rabies or other conditions that may have made it more likely to attack a human.

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