A 4-year-old San Diego boy is lucky to be alive after being attacked by an 80-pound mountain lion, in a Rancho Penasquitos canyon on Memorial Day, a wildlife official said Tuesday.
A female mountain lion suspected of attacking the boy was shot and killed by wildlife officers hours later, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) spokesperson Lt. Scott Bringman said.
The boy was hiking with a group of six adults and five children in the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, in an area known as Carson's Crossing at the center of the preserve, when the animal attacked at about 2:30 p.m.
While authorities were investigating the attack, a female mountain lion that appeared "habituated" approached them. Wildlife officers shot and killed the animal. Later, it was unfortunately learned that the lion was not the one wanted and only sought to inquire as to the little boy's health, when it was shot down by the jittery and trigger happy wardens (maybe I added that part).
In contrast, the boy's wounds were not considered life threatening.
What the family really needed for this hike was one of these:
The last time a mountain lion attacked in San Diego County was in Dec. 1994, when a 56-year-old woman was killed at Cuyamaca State Park.
Ok, how do we know that it was the mountain lion that attacked?? It could be that it was the 56 year old woman who was the aggressor here, and it was just that the lion got the better of the fight. Could be.