Mountain lion shot after attack on 7-year-old boy |

Mountain lion shot after attack on 7-year-old boy

BOULDER ” A mountain lion that attacked a 7-year-old boy hiking with his family appeared to be a 1- to 2-year-old female weighing about 80 pounds, a wildlife official said Sunday.

An officer fatally shot the cat early Sunday in the same area of the attack Saturday evening on Flagstaff Mountain, Division of Wildlife spokesman Tyler Baskfield said. It was killed in the interest of public safety, he said.

The mountain lion bit the boy’s head or jaw, and the child also suffered puncture wounds or scrapes on his legs, likely from the animal’s claws, Baskfield said.

Boulder County sheriff’s officials said the boy’s injuries were not life-threatening. He was hospitalized at The Children’s Hospital, where officials would not release his condition.

The boy’s family was able to scare the cat off by screaming and throwing rocks at it, Baskfield said.

Baskfield said no other mountain-lion attacks have been recorded on humans in Boulder County. He called the cats elusive and said attacks on humans are rare.

A necropsy was planned to try to determine whether the animal was diseased or had another reason to attack, he said.

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