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Mountain lion attacks 8-year-old boy in Denver-area, causing serious injuries

2019-08-22

A mountain lion, not pictured, attacked a young boy in Colorado, authorities said. (Getty Images)

A mountain lion attacked an 8-year-old boy in Colorado Wednesday night causing serious injuries, according to wildlife officials.

The child was hospitalized overnight, the Northeast Region of Colorado Parks & Wildlife said in a release. The attack took place at around 7:30 p.m. in the small town of Bailey, a Burland subdivision that sits about 35 miles southwest of Denver.

The boy was playing on a trampoline with his brother in their yard just before the attacked happened. When the victim ran to go visit a friend he heard calling him from a neighboring house, the animal made his move and bit the child on his head.

“The kid was running and it probably triggered the lion’s natural response to a prey animal running,” said area wildlife manager Mark Lamb. “We all hope that the child will be alright and you just hate to see this occur.”

The victim’s brother ran inside his house to alert his father and the dad found the mountain lion on top of his son. The cat let go of the kid and ran off when the father approached.

The animal was described to wildlife officers as being “of smaller size.” A trap was set and three dogs were brought in to try to find the mountain lion Wednesday evening, according to CPW. After a two-hour search, the pups were unable to pick up a scent, so search efforts resumed Thursday “to ensure the safety of the public," CPW noted.

“By policy, any wildlife attack on a human resulting in injury, that animal must be put down,” the division said.

There have been three mountain lion attacks on humans in Colorado so far this year. Since 1990, there have been 22 total attacks in the state, with three of those resulting in a fatality.