Mountain Lion Attacks Young Boy at California Park

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Mountain Lion Attacks Young Boy at California Park

Posted 2022-10-07T23:58:00Z

The child's injuries are non-life threating.

A mountain lion attacked and injured a 7-year-old boy at California park Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.

According to, the boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries when the cat bit him on the buttocks as he was climbing a stair case at Pico Canyon Park in Stevenson Ranch.

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has temporarily shut down the park as California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers search for the cat. AIR7 HD was over the area as authorities attempted to trap the mountain lion with a deer carcass.

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The boy's bite wounds were swabbed for DNA. If the mountain lion is located and its DNA matches up with the boy's bite marks, it will likely be put down

"Everything we do in every part of our mission is to better help wildlife and people coexist," Capt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said. "Having a situation like this, where wild animals start attacking, especially small children, that's a super difficult part of our job."

Area residents have reported spotting a mountain lion in the area and were worried about their pets, but most didn't think it'd go after a human.

"It still terrifies me because it could happen to me," said Santa Clarita resident Francisco Salas, who frequently visits the trails above the park. "It could happen to anybody out here."

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