Contact: Lynne Brougher, 509-633-9441, X 130
On July 1, 2007 an aggressive cougar was located and shot near the Ponderosa Campground on the Spokane River arm of Lake Roosevelt. Rangers responded to a report that a cougar had chased two children near the campground, coming within 5 feet of them. The campground and surrounding beaches were then closed to camping. The National Park Service, with assistance from the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Service and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, began a search for the cougar. Rangers Goodro and Kelsey were scanning a ridgeline, when the cougar came up behind them within 6-8 feet. Both rangers shot at the cougar, killing it. The cougar was determined to be an underweight juvenile female, approximately one and a half years old. The cougar was released to Washington State Fish and Wildlife to perform a necropsy. The campground and surrounding beaches were reopened.
As a reminder to all who come to enjoy Lake Roosevelt, you are in cougar habitat. Keep this in mind and follow some basic rules.
For Your Safety
If You Encounter a Cougar
If A Cougar Acts Aggressively
An attack from a cougar is an unlikely event and, by taking these precautions, you can reduce the chances even further. Report all cougar sightings to a ranger.
Last updated: February 28, 2015