Mountain Lion Bites Boy on Head Outside His Home

Rare | 8/23/2019 | Thomas Peipert
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A mountain lion bit an 8-year-old boy on the head outside his rural Colorado home in the third big-cat attack on people in the state this year, prompting authorities to euthanize two lions that were found roaming the area, officials said Thursday.

The boy had been playing on a trampoline with his brother at their home in 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.

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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.

“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.”

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The boy, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Thursday.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife tweeted Thursday that a landowner within a mile (1.6 kilometers) of the site of the attack reported a goat was missing and two mountain lions were roaming the area.

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Both lions were euthanized and will be sent to a lab in Wyoming for DNA testing.

Wildlife officials say they believe one of the big cats was...
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