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Olympic National Park reopens trails after cougar attack

Aug 9, 2023, 1:03 PM | Updated: Aug 10, 2023, 7:55 am

Olympic National Park cougar...

(Photo by Aryeh Alex, CC Images)

(Photo by Aryeh Alex, CC Images)

The Olympic National Park has re-opened the Switchback and Sunrise Ridge Trails, after a cougar attacked a child July 30.

The child was then taken to a hospital and only received minor injuries.

8-year-old survives cougar attack in Washington state national park

“The cougar casually abandoned its attack after being yelled and screamed at by the child’s mother,” the National Park Service said in a statement. After being assessed by park personnel, the child, who was not identified, went to a hospital for further evaluation.

Cougars are rarely seen and attacks on humans are extremely rare, park officials said. The lethal removal of the cougar is in line with the park’s protocol for wildlife observations, interactions and attacks.

Park officials tell The Seattle Times that cougar attacks are rare but that the park is considered cougar territory, and adults should keep kids within sight.

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Olympic National Park reopens trails after cougar attack