Park reopens two trails

PORT ANGELES — The Switchback and Sunrise Ridge trails have been reopened in Olympic National Park while the Lake Angeles/Heather Park Loop remains closed, park officials announced Tuesday.

The trails had been closed after an 8-year-old boy was attacked by a cougar on July 29 while he and his family were camping at Lake Angeles in the Heart O’ the Hills area of Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles.

His mother saved him by screaming at the cougar. That stopped its attack and it ran off.

The boy suffered minor injuries and was able to walk back to the trailhead, park officials said.

Clallam County Transit will resume stops at the Switchback Trailhead.

No other information about the hunt for the cougar or why the loop remains closed was available from the park on Tuesday.

Park officials ask that cougar sightings be reported to a ranger station or park headquarters at 600 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, or by calling 360-565-3000 or, in an emergency, 911.

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