This is a list of known or suspected
fatal that occurred in cougar attacks North America by decade in chronological order. The cougar is also commonly known as mountain lion, puma, mountain cat, catamount, or panther. The sub-population in Florida is known as the Florida panther.
At least 20 people in
North America were killed by cougars between 1890 and 2011, including seven in California. More than two-thirds of the Canadian fatalities occurred on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Fatal cougar attacks are extremely rare and occur much less frequently than fatal snake bites, fatal lightning strikes, or fatal bee stings. Children are particularly vulnerable. The majority of the child victims listed here were not accompanied by adults.
As with many predators, a cougar may attack if cornered, if a fleeing human stimulates their instinct to chase, or if a person "
plays dead." Standing still however may cause the cougar to consider a person easy prey. Exaggerating the threat to the animal through intense eye contact, loud shouting, and any other action to appear larger and more menacing, may make the animal retreat. Fighting back with sticks and rocks, or even bare hands, is often effective in persuading an attacking cougar to disengage.  
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Name, age, gender
Arthur Dangle, 7, male
June 19, 1890
Killed by two cougars while playing near his home in Quartz Valley, Siskiyou County, California
Frank Cook, age unknown, male
November 11, 1901
Attacked by a cougar east of the Santa Caterina Landing in Baja California.
A. C. Marklein, age Unknown, male
March 1, 1904
Killed by a cougar in Bushy Cane Creek Magoffin County, Kentucky. A. C. Marklein and A friend named McCarty both from New York state were attacked. A. C. Marklein received fatal injuries McCarty was attacked but survived.
Child Brown, 2 or 14, male
January 31, 1909
Killed by a cougar near Balboa, California. The boy was attacked while in a tent. News stories variously reported his age as 2 and 14 
Isola Kennedy, 38, female; Earl Wilson, 10, male
July 5, 1909
Rabid cougar attacked a woman and child in Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County, California. Both victims died from rabies, not from the physical injuries. This is the only instance of a double fatality and the only instance where the victims succumbed to disease rather than the injuries sustained in the attack.
Child, 3, male
August 21, 1911
Killed by a cougar inside family home near Beaumont, Texas.
Jimmie Fehlhaber, 13, male
December 17, 1924
Attacked and killed in Olema, Washington as he tried to outrun a cougar for about 100 yards (91 m)
Dominic Taylor, 7, male
Attacked and killed while walking on a beach in Kyuquot, British Columbia
Woman, unknown age, female
Killed in Tampico, Mexico.
Elena Salzar, 5, female
Attacked, dragged off, and eaten in Tampico, Mexico
Name, age, gender
Lawrence Wells, 12, male
Attacked and killed in Lytton, British Columbia by male cougar while playing with his sisters
Kenneth Clark Nolan, 8, male
January 20, 1974
Killed by a 3-year-old female cougar in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico
Matilda Mae Samuel, 7, female
Killed by cougar near Gold River, British Columbia, while walking on a road.
Name, age, gender
Jesse Sky Bergman, 9, male
May 16, 1988
Stalked and killed by a four-year-old male cougar at Catface Mountain in British Columbia near Tofino.
Jake Thomas Gardipee, 5, male
September 9, 1989
Attacked and killed by at least two, possibly three, cougars while riding a tricycle behind his home in Missoula County, Montana near Evaro.
Name, age, gender
Scott Lancaster, 18, male
January 14, 1991
Killed while jogging a familiar route on a hill above Clear Creek High School in Idaho Springs, Colorado.
Jeremy Williams, 7, male
May 5, 1992
Attacked and killed in Kyuquot, British Columbia by a young female cougar while playing in the school yard.
Barbara Barsalou Schoener, 40, female
April 23, 1994
Long distance runner and Placerville resident was attacked and killed while jogging on the American River Canyon Trail in California's Auburn State Recreation Area. 
Iris M. Kenna, 56, female
December 10, 1994
Killed while hiking alone near Cuyamaca Peak in California's Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. 
Cindy Parolin, 36, female
August 19, 1996
Mother killed while defending her 6-year-old son on a horse back riding trip in Tulameen, British Columbia.
Mark Miedema, 10, male
July 17, 1997
Killed by an adult female cougar in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park while hiking when he got ahead of his family.
Name, age, gender
Frances Frost, 30, female
January 2, 2001
This Canmore, Alberta resident was killed by a cougar while skiing on Cascade Fire Road just north of Banff National Park in Alberta
Mark Jeffrey Reynolds, 35, male
January 8, 2004
Attacked and killed while mountain biking at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in southern Orange County, California. It is believed his chain fell off and the cougar attacked when he bent down to repair his bicycle. His family Terri, Gary and Dona started the Mark J. Reynolds Memorial "Children's First Bike Fund" which provides bicycles and helmets to underprivileged children. 
Robert Nawojski, 55, male
June 24, 2008
Searchers found his body on this date near his mobile home in Pinos Altos, New Mexico. Investigators concluded that he had been attacked and killed by a cougar several days earlier.  
Name, age, gender
Sonja J. Brooks, 32, male
May 19, 2018
Killed by a cougar near North Bend, Washington, while biking in the foothills near North Bend. Another male biker was injured, and the cougar was found and euthanized later that day.  
Diana Bober, 55, female
September 11, 2018
Killed by a cougar in Mt. Hood National Forest on the Hunchback Mountain Trail. The first in Oregon’s recorded history.
See also [ edit ]
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