Mountain lion mauls boy while playing outside
- Author: Jack Replman Jun 20, 2016,
Jun 20, 2016, 14:29
Two mountain lions were euthanized after a mother and her 5-year-old son were attacked Friday night in Pitkin County.
His mother suffered gashes to her hands and leg. The boy sustained injuries on his face, head, and neck, but is now in the hospital in stable condition. Their names were not released.
Wildlife officials said they killed a young lion near the home and a second one found in the area several hours later.
The sheriff's office says the boy's mother ran outside when she heard screaming and removed her son from the animal.
The boy was playing outside when the mountain lion attacked.
She managed to pull her child away from the beast before her partner called the police and started driving the injured boy to the hospital. The boy's mother has been released from the Aspen Valley Hospital after receiving treatment for her injuries.
Pitkin County sheriff's deputies and a Forest Service Ranger were the first to arrive and killed the lion believed to be responsible for the attack after they found it wandering near the home.
"The boy was completely under the cat", Buglione told The Aspen Times.
The last known attack in the state occurred in July 2015 when a young lion attacked a man as he fished in a remote area in northwest Colorado, the wildlife department said.
The mountain lion was estimated to be about 2 years old and not fully grown.
"They're wild animals. They find habitat where they can forage for food", Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Matt Robbins said. Mountain lions are part of life in Colorado as about 4,500 of them live in the state.
Lion attacks on humans are rare, according to CPW, with "fewer than a dozen fatalities in North America in more than 100 years". The Chicago Tribune reported that the other male mountain lion has also been tracked down and killed.