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US Mountain lion attacks small child inside park

07:15  21 january  2020
07:15  21 january  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A small child was attacked by a mountain lion at a Southern California park on Monday, causing authorities to evacuate the scene while they raced to capture the wild cat.

a large tree in a forest: A mountain lion attacked a 3-year-old boy and then grabbed his father's backpack and climbed into a tree in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., on Jan. 20, 2020.© Orange County Sheriff's Department A mountain lion attacked a 3-year-old boy and then grabbed his father's backpack and climbed into a tree in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., on Jan. 20, 2020.

A 3-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after the animal grabbed him by the neck as he and his family walked through Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Trabuco Canyon, about an hour south of Los Angeles, officials said.

The child was transported to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

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A mountain lion greeted campers at the Quartz Mountain Lookout on the morning of July 30 at Mount Spokane State Park . However, when lions do attack , records indicate that small children are often the targets. "This family showed how vigilance and quick thinking can help avert a tragedy," said Mike

The mountain lion ran up a tree after the father hurled a backpack, investigators said. (Orange County Fire Authority). The child was taken to a local hospital and The park was evacuated as park officials monitored the mountain lion in the tree. California Fish and Game officials responded to the scene.

The attack happened at around 4:15 p.m. local time.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife gave local law enforcement the approval to euthanize the lion due to the public safety threat, the agency said.

Authorities had evacuated the park while searching for the mountain lion. Officials briefed on the search told Los Angeles ABC station KABC that the child's father rescued him by tossing a backpack in the cat's direction after the attack.

The animal released the child, grabbed the bag and jumped into a tree, according to KABC.

Mountain lion attacks are rare in California. The latest verified attack came in May 2019 at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. There have been seven attacks since 2000, but only one was fatal.

ABC News' Marilyn Heck contributed to this report.

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