August 23, 2019
Two mountain lions have been euthanised after an eight-year-old boy was bitten on the head outside his rural Colorado home.
Two Mountain Lions Euthanised After Boy, 8, Is Bitten On The Head In Colorado
The incident on Wednesday night prompted wildlife officials to set traps and bring in sniffer dogs in an effort to find the animal that injured the child, who has been hospitalised in a serious but stable condition.
The boy had been playing on a trampoline with his brother at their home in the town of Bailey on Wednesday evening when a friend called out to him from a house next door.
When the boy ran to see his friend, the mountain lion pounced and bit him, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigators.
The boy’s brother ran inside the home and told his father, who rushed outside and found the cat on top of his son. The mountain lion let go and took off running as the father approached.Wildlife officers set a trap near the scene of the mountain lion attack in Bailey, Colo., Wednesday evening. A dog team was also used overnight trying to track down the mountain lion from the attack. Efforts are ongoing Thursday to locate the mountain lion. pic.twitter.com/OBWr2efQj2— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) August 22, 2019“It’s quite heroic. He did everything that we would ask somebody to do,” Rebecca Ferrell, a spokeswoman for the wildlife agency, said about the boy’s father.
“He ran towards it. He was making himself large and loud. ... His efforts almost certainly saved his son’s life.”
On the same night the boy was attacked, a nearby landowner reported his goat was missing and that he had spotted two mountain lions roaming the area.
Experts said they believed one of the big cats was involved in the attack because of the proximity and because both matched the description given by the boy’s father. Both animals were put down and sent to a lab in Wyoming for DNA testing.
Ferrell said the children’s high-pitched voices probably sounded like prey to the mountain lion, and its instinct to attack could have been triggered when the boy started running to his neighbour’s house.
The encounter came after a mountain lion attacked a man scouting places to hunt elk in Big Horn Park, north-west of Denver, last week. He fought it off with a pocket knife and officials tracked it with hounds, killing it.
In February, a mountain lion attacked a runner on a trail in the mountains west of the city of Fort Collins. The runner used his foot to suffocate the young cat when it did not release its grip after the man hit it on the head with a rock and tried to stab it with twigs.
Ferrell said mountain lions rarely attack people, but Colorado’s booming population is leading to an increase in encounters with dangerous animals.
There have been 22 mountain lion attacks on people in Colorado since 1990 and three deaths.Related... 'Puny' Runner Attacked By Colorado Mountain Lion Reveals He Killed Beast With Bare Hands Man Recounts Fight With Mountain Lion
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