- A 4-year-old boy was hospitalized on Monday after a suspected mountain lion attack in San Diego, California.
- The boy was walking with his father when the large cat attacked, and the dad scared the feline away, KGTV reported.
- The extent of the boy’s injuries haven’t been released.
A mountain lion is believed to be responsible for the mauling of a 4-year-old boy in San Diego, California, on Memorial Day.
KGTV reported that the boy’s father kicked the cat and threw a rock at it to scare it off.
The boy was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital, but the extent of his injuries are not known, according to Fox 5 San Diego.
The preserve is located within the city of San Diego, just a few miles north of downtown, with trails that offer views of a canyon, a creek, and a waterfall. It’s surrounded by residential neighbourhoods.
Neighbours told multiple local outlets that mountain lions have been sighted in the area recently. One neighbour shared video that showed a mountain lion walking in their yard not too long ago.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates that between 4,000 and 6,000 mountain lions lived in the state in 1996, the most recent count available. Hunting them is illegal because they are a “specially protected species.”
“It is mountain lion country. We’re in the city of San Diego but you can still have wildlife in this area, which we do,” neighbour Katherine Weadock told Fox 5 San Diego.
A recording at the park on Tuesday said it was closed due to a wildlife issue, according to NBC 7 San Diego.
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- The hunter who went viral for posing with a dead mountain lion says she and her family ate it and rely on hunting for meat
- California firefighters had to remove a mountain lion from a backyard after residents spotted it perched on a 50-foot-high tree branch
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