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‘It could happen to anybody’: Boy, 7, attacked by cougar in California

STEVENSON RANCH, Calif.– A 7-year-old kid was assaulted and hurt by a mountain lion at Pico Canyon Park in southern California Monday, according to authorities.

The young boy suffered injuries referred to as non-life threatening, and the park has actually been momentarily closed down by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

An examination is being led by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Capt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife stated the kid was strolling up some stairs, and the mountain lion originated from behind and bit him in the butts.

The kid’s daddy had the ability to frighten the mountain lion off.

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The park will be closed till additional notification due to the “aggressive” mountain lion seen in the location, the Department of Parks and Recreation stated in a press release.

The young boy’s bite injuries were swabbed for DNA to attempt and match it to a recognized feline. In the meantime, authorities are looking for the mountain lion.

ABC Los Angeles affiliate KABC’s AIR7 HD was over the location as authorities tried to draw the mountain lion out of the hills with a deer carcass.

If the mountain lion is discovered and the DNA compares with the kid’s bite marks, there’s a great chance the animal will need to be eliminated.

” Everything we perform in every part of our objective is to much better assistance wildlife and individuals exist side-by-side,” Foy stated. “Having a scenario like this where wild animals begin assaulting, particularly little kids, that’s an incredibly tough part of our task.”

Residents in the Stevenson Ranch location have actually reported seeing a cougar in current weeks and concerned about their family pets, however couple of believed it would pursue a human.

” It still frightens me due to the fact that it might occur to me,” stated Santa Clarita resident Francisco Salas, who regularly checks out the tracks above the park. “It might take place to any person out here.”

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