An 11-year-old girl shot a cougar that was following her 14-year-old brother to their home at Twisp, in north central Washington.
The female cougar killed last week was about 56 years old and weighed about 220 pounds - twice of what it should weigh.
"This cougar was very, very chubby," suggested reports.
It was the third cougar killed in a week in the area just outside Twisp, The Wenatchee World reported Tuesday.
The children's father, Tom White, had chased the cougar away from his son twice on Feb. 19. The next day his son went out to feed the dogs and was returning to a basement door when he spotted the cougar following him, Treser said.
"His dad was in there and said, 'Close the door!' and there was the cougar, right behind him,"
The dead cougar has been named as 58 year old Mary Rahn, a recently divorced care worker from Denver.