Officials say that the cougar was severely underweight. “This cougar was very, very skinny,” Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officer Cal Treser told The Wenatchee World. “She was about 4 years old and should have weighed about 100 pounds, but she was only 40 or 50 pounds,” he said. “It was starving to death.”
The cougar was tracking Tanner White back to the basement door of his family’s home when his sister, Shelby, put it down with her rifle from about 10 feet away.
It was the third cougar to be killed in the area outside of Twisp in a week’s time. Due to all the cougar activity in the area, Shelby had a special tag making it legal for her to kill the animal.
As it turns out, one of the other cougars was killed by Shelby’s 9-year-old brother, Coby. After finding tracks near the house, Coby, who also had a cougar tag, tracked a 120-pound male to a nearby hillside and shot it.