Girl used bow and arrow to scare cougar lurking 3 yards from brother

Girl, 16, shoots a cougar with a bow and arrow after spotting it lurking just three yards from her six-year-old brother

  • Amaya Simpson targeted the creature behind the ear and pierced it in the back with her weapon when she spotted it lurking behind her younger sibling
  • Cole Seymour, six, initially thought his teenage sister was playing when she called for him to run toward her
  • The siblings were practicing elk calls in the Inchelium area on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington
  • Mother Francesca Seymour and the children’s father returned to kill the cougar
  • Simpson, 16, now keeps a .45-caliber Taurus Judge revolver on her hip while out

A 16-year-old Washington girl believes she saved her brother’s life by shooting a cougar just three yards away with a bow and arrow. But despite getting away safely she returned with her father who shot the animal and it’s now a wall display.

Amaya Simpson targeted the creature behind the ear and pierced it in the back with her weapon when she spotted it lurking behind her younger sibling. They were out practicing elk calls in the Inchelium area on the Colville Indian Reservation.

Cole Seymour, six, initially thought his teenage sister was playing when she called for him to run toward her but when he sensed her serious tone and saw her draw for her weapon, he made a break for it.

Amaya Simpson (left) believes she saved her brother Cole Seymour’s (right) life by shooting a cougar (center) with her bow and arrow on September 8

The 16-year-old Washington girl had no previous experience of hunting cougars

Cole Seymour (left) thought his sister was joking when she told him to run toward her

‘I just smiled at her for a second, thought she was joking around on me again,’ Seymour told KHQ News about the September 8 incident.

Although she initially froze, Simpson – a member of Arrow Lakes/Sinixt band of the Colville Confederated Tribes, descendants of Canada’s indigenous people – acted fast despite no prior experience hunting cougars.

The cougar was about three yards from her brother and she says she released the arrow in record time to send it flying 11 yards.


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Seymour told his mother Simpson saved his life that day as they practiced elk calls near home

Simpson (left) returned to the scene to find the cougar with her dad Cole (right)

‘I just remember getting chills, turning around, and seeing only its big brown head blending with the trees and bushes,’ Simpson told Tri-City Herald.

The nightmare didn’t end there though, Simpson returned to the dangerous scene with her dogs, mother and father to kill the cougar.

Her father ultimately shot it. 

Mother Francesca Seymour wrote on Facebook that she was ‘feeling thankful’ after her children made it home safely.

Mother Francesca Seymour (center) wrote on Facebook that she was ‘feeling thankful’ after her daughter (right) and son made it home safely

Simpson (left) now keeps a .45-caliber Taurus Judge revolver on her hip when she goes out

‘It was getting dark so we decided to get out and come back at daylight. We were walking back up our drive way when one of our small dogs started yelping. Amaya and I ran back to find him and we couldn’t hear him,’ she continued. 

‘Cole went down into the brush, it was getting hard to see. He didn’t find the dog but ran into the cougar and was able to put it down with his AR. Things could have went a lot different tonight. I’m thankful that my daughter has a level head and is a good shot. My son says “mom she saved my life!”‘

But it hasn’t scared Simpson off walking in the area though, she now keeps a .45-caliber Taurus Judge revolver on her hip.

Simpson and her family’s hunt has since been turned into taxidermy.

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