9-year-old girl fights off attacking cougar in Washington state and survivesThe Associated PressFRUITLAND, Wash. — A 9-year-old girl survived a cougar attack after wandering up a trail with two friends while camping in northwest Washington state. The girl fought back while her friends ran for their lives. She was soon airlifted to a hospital, where she's recovering after surgery for multiple wounds to her head and upper body. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Staci Lehman says cougar attacks are rare, with only two fatalities in the last century in Washington state. If it attacks, “fight back as hard as you can and try to stay on your feet.”“Do not turn around.