Mountain lion snatches boy in Northern California
September 8, 2014
A mountain lion attacked a 6-year-old boy on a Northern California hiking trail Sunday afternoon and dragged him through nearby brush. [SF Gate]
The boy was hiking with his family near a winery located in the Bay Area city of Cupertino. Family members came to the rescue and fought off the mountain lion, allowing the child to walk away without life threatening injuries.
After the attack, authorities closed nearby hiking trails and conducted a search for the mountain lion. But, officials have not found the animal.
Kurtis Stenderup, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, said it remains unclear why the mountain lion attacked the boy.
“I think it’s rare to have a mountain lion attack a person, let alone a child,” Stenderup said. “We’re going to look into it and figure out why that whole thing happened.”