When we think of the great outdoors, we often imagine picturesque landscapes with towering mountains and pristine lakes. However, hidden within these sprawling landscapes are wild and unpredictable animals. Recently, a section of Washington’s Olympic National Park was closed off following a rare cougar attack near the popular Lake Angeles.
On July 31, officials issued a statement closing off the Lake Angeles area and several trails in the vicinity. The cougar attack was reported to have occurred while the family of the 8-year-old victim was camping near the lake. Fortunately, the child was able to survive the attack and was treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries.
The National Park Service has undertaken a search for the cougar and have vowed to euthanize it if it is found. This is to not only protect other people in the park from the unpredictable animal, but also to understand the reasons why it attacked the victim. Cougar attacks may be rare, but officials have reminded park visitors to be prepared for their encounter with the wild animal.
The Olympic National Park is home to an estimated 1,900 to 2,100 cougars. Despite this population, reports of cougar attacks are still quite rare. In Washington State between 1924 and 2018, there have only been two reported fatalities from cougar attacks.
It is important to remember that wildlife should always be respected and enjoy ed from a safe distance. If you ever come across a cougar, it is best to remain alert and make sure to appear as large and intimidating as possible. The National Park Service has reminded campers to group together, stay calm, and make loud noises while maintaining eye contact with the animal.
It is always important to remember that we may admire the beauty of wild animals, but they should be respected at all times. The Olympic National Park offers stunning landscapes and memorable experiences, but visitors should remain wary of the rare, but possible encounters with wild animals