Young California Boy Attacked by Mountain Lion

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California Boy Attacked by Mountain Lion
California Department Of Fish And Game
California Department Of Fish And Game

California –-(Ammoland.com)- A 6-year-old boy hiking with a large group of people was attacked by a mountain lion in a rural area west of Cupertino on Sunday afternoon.

The child is expected to survive, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is actively searching for the animal.

( Editors Note: Ironical in 2012 animal rights groups lead by HSUS ran an effort to remove the head of CDFG for hunting mountain lions as part of game management efforts. Seems those antis now have this blood on their hands as well.)

Two families were hiking the Picchetti Ranch Zinfandel Trail area of the Mid-Peninsular Regional Open Space District when the attack occurred. According to the adults in the group, the 6-year-old was walking only 10 feet in front of the others, when a mountain lion jumped from a hidden position and attacked him. With a firm biting grip on the boy’s head and neck, the cat began dragging the child into the brush.

The two adult men ran toward the lion, shouting aggressively. The cat let the boy go and ran off. Family members carried the boy back down the trail to their vehicles, where they called for help. The boy was transported to Valley Medical Center in San Jose with serious but non-life threatening puncture wounds and scratches.

District Park Rangers have closed the section of the park where the attack occurred until further notice. CDFW and USDA Wildlife Services are actively searching for the offending mountain lion. The mountain lion will be dispatched in the interest of public safety. Authorities will conduct a rabies test and look for forensic evidence.

Searchers found tracks indicating the lion followed the group back to their vehicles after the attack. As of Monday morning, the search for the cat was continuing.

Clothing the boy wore during the attack was taken to CDFW’s Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Sacramento where scientists will attempt to isolate DNA to ultimately identify the exact mountain lion responsible.

Mountain lions are present throughout California, but attacks on humans are extremely rare. A list of verified attacks can be found at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/lion/attacks.html.

For more information about how to stay safe when living or recreating in mountain lion territory, please visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/lion.html.

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    oldvet

    Will the CDFW officers be allowed to carry firearms while hunting for this cat? It is California after all.

    T Thomas
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    T Thomas

    WE have the big cats in our rural cow/calf ranch country. We have lost two Futurity colts and a calf this last year on our ranch to cat kills. We put our Livestock Guardian Dogs back out in a pack again and the cat kills have stopped. We had problems with neighbors killing the LGDs when they go off after coyotes or a cat and enter someone elses territory. We lose dogs every deer and trapping season when they smell dead carcasses or guts and go off to cleanup the mess. It behooves me, how many dogs are shot when… Read more »

    Janek
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    Janek

    Predators everywhere. Arm yourself accordingly.

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    MichaelD

    We live in a town of 800 people in Colorado. Dirt roads. Nearest stoplight is 15 miles away. We live with lions, bears, deer, elk, etc. No, cats don’t need to be shot on sight. If they are in town, yes. If you are in lion territory, be prepared and don’t blame the lion. It’s a lion. And, no, if you leave them alone, don’t move quickly, all of that urban lion lore, it means nothing. It’s a lion and they attack or not regardless of your actions. (Oh, by the way, I am a “liberal”. I also carry a… Read more »

    Paul
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    Where I live I have been within 3 to 5 feet of a mountain lion and it did nothing to me, all it wanted was a drink of water. While it was there I just left it alone, no fast or sudden moves or anything. city people are so afraid of wildlife and yet if you don’t make any sudden moves around them you are less likely to get hurt. this cat had to have had a problem or something.

    TEX
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    TEX

    The liberals want to keep protecting these cats and this is what you get ! Shoot these cats on sight !