A 4-year-old boy was hospitalized after a suspected mountain lion attack in San Diego

RightCowLeftCoast/Wikimedia CommonsLos Penasquitos Canyon Preserve sign on Black Mountain Road. Located at the Eastern trailhead of the Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail.
  • 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.
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A mountain lion is believed to be responsible for the mauling of a 4-year-old boy in San Diego, California, on Memorial Day.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department told KGTV that rescuers responded to reports of a child being attacked by a mountain lion around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.

KGTV reported that the boy’s father kicked the cat and threw a rock at it to scare it off.

Mountain lion 210 NewsA 4-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion in a nature preserve in San Diego on Monday. Above, a view of the area near where the boy was attacked.

The boy was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital, but the extent of his injuries are not known, according to Fox 5 San Diego.


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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.

Screen Shot 2019 05 28 at 11.54.47 AM10 NewsA neighbour shared surveillance footage with 10 News, showing a mountain lion walking through their property recently.

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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