CALABASAS, California — Wildlife officials say a woman saved her son’s life when she fought off a mountain lion that attacked the boy in the front yard of the family’s home.
A news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the 5-year-old boy was seriously injured in the attack last Thursday, with wounds to his head, neck and upper torso. He was listed in stable condition in a hospital in Los Angeles.
The boy was in the front yard of the family’s home at about 10:45 a.m. when the 65-pound mountain lion attacked. Officials say the boy’s mother heard “a commotion” and went outside. She fended off the lion by hitting it multiple times, officials say.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” Foy said. The mother was inside the house when she heard commotion outside.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” CDFW Capt. Patrick Foy tells the Associated Press. “She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son.”
The boy still was dragged about 45 yards by the mountain lion, officials say.
A wildlife officer went to the family’s property and found an “aggressive” mountain lion crouching in some bushes. The wildlife officer shot and killed the animal. Officials say DNA samples confirmed it was the mountain lion that attacked the child.
Another mountain lion seen near the home was captured after being tranquilized. It was released in another area. - reported by The Oregonian
Calabasas is an affluent community located in the Santa Monica Mountains above Los Angeles.
Too close to nature not always a good thing—I have to design and build a bushfire resistant house tho bushfire danger not that great—too cool and wet really. Idiots build their houses right in the midst of gum trees—bound to lose the house some time.