Mountain Lion Attacks and Injures New Mexico River Rafter

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Mountain Lion Attacks and Injures New Mexico River Rafter

Posted 2023-03-31T13:25:00Z

Fellow rafters fought off the cougar with their paddles

A mountain lion attacked a man who was with a group rafting a remote area of New Mexico.

According to CBS News, the 64-year-old man is now recovering after the attack, which occurred March 16 in the White Mountain Apache Reservation.

In a news release issued by the Gila County Animal Care & Control, JC Castaneda, program manager, said the attack took place 21 miles downstream from the Salt River bridge.

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During the attack, 10 other rafters used their paddles to fight off the mountain lion. They managed to keep the cougar at bay as the other campers fled to safety on their rafts.

Castaneda said the attack victim is still sore but recovering from his injuries.

The White Mountain Apache Tribe has sent a group of USDA hunters with hound dogs to track and locate the mountain lion.

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