​Girl, 11, Shoots Female Cougar To Save Sibling​​

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February 28, 2021

Girl, 11, uses rifle and shoots an emaciated female cougar estimated to weight a paltry 50 pounds to save brother.

The animal appeared to be following her 14-year-old brother, Tanner, into their home before she shot the life-saving bullet. It was the third such death of a cougar on the Whites’ property in two weeks. Locals speculate the animals are starving and looking closer to humans for food.

Shelby White, 11, said she acted instinctively after spotting the skinny predator following Tanner, 14, as he walked back to their rural home in Twisp last Thursday.

The fearless girl snatched her rifle, took aim at the deadly beast, and gunned down the cougar. She literally saved her sibling’s life.

Methow Valley News reports that the female cougar, which was “severely emaciated,” tried to get into the family’s Lookout Mountain ranch’s cow pen at 2:30 a.m. that morning.

The girl’s dad, Thomas White, was alerted to the intruder after his pet dog started barking and managed to scare it away.

It returned again two hours later and White again managed to scare it off.

Cougar Appeared 3 Times

The cougar tried to make its third time the charm at 3:30 p.m. when she chanced her luck as White’s three children returned home from school. Tanner White reportedly went outside to feed the family’s dogs but, as he walked back to the house, the cougar jumped out from under one of their cars. With the young boy seemingly unaware he was being followed, he let himself back inside the house and shut the door.

His father then looked out the window and was stunned to see the cougar just feet away.

Cal Treser, enforcement officer for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, revealed that little Shelby White — who has a permit to kill cougars — acted immediately.

The girl grabbed her rifle and shot the cougar dead, before posing for pictures alongside her kill, he added.

Treser said the 4-year-old was “starving to death,” weighed just 50 pounds and was the third such cougar to be killed on or near the White’s ranch in just two weeks.