Mountain lion attacks 7-year-old in Boulder |

Mountain lion attacks 7-year-old in Boulder

BOULDER ” A 7-year-old boy hiking with his family was attacked Saturday by a mountain lion, a wildlife official said.

The mountain lion bit down on the boy’s head or jaw, and the boy also suffered puncture wounds or scrapes on his legs that likely came from the animal’s claws, Division of Wildlife spokesman Tyler Baskfield said.

The child was in stable condition at Boulder Community Hospital.

Baskfield said the boy then was taken to The Children’s Hospital in Denver but he did not know his condition.

The boy, whose name was not released, was apparently the last in a single-file line of a group of seven other people taking a short hike at a scenic area of Flagstaff Mountain, Baskfield said.

“The father turned and saw the cat had a hold of the young boy,” he said.

The group began screaming at the cat and throwing rocks and was able to free the boy, he said.

The group was 50 yards from the parking lot to the area when the attack happened, Baskfield said.

Wildlife officials set traps for the mountain lion and planned to put it down in the interests of public safety.

Baskfield said the mountain is prime habitat for the cats, and there had been several recent sightings of mountain lions west of Boulder.

“This is a very rare incident to happen,” Baskfield said. “Mountain lions tend to be very elusive. Typically mountain lions don’t want any part of people.”

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