A mother in the Los Angeles area used her bare hands to beat off a mountain lion that was attacking her 5-year-old son, according to the statement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Thursday.
The animal attacked the youngster when he was in his family’s front yard in Calabasas, the department said Saturday. The boy had suffered wounds to his chest, neck, and head.
According to Captain Patrick Foy, the department spokesperson, the 65-pound mountain lion “dragged him about 45 yards” across the front lawn.
According to the agency, the youngster is now in stable condition and recovering from the traumatic incident.
From inside the house, the boy’s mother heard the noise and hurried outside, where she witnessed the attack, and she “started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life.”
The child’s parents immediately brought him to the hospital, and law enforcement personnel were notified of the animal attack, and a wildlife officer was dispatched to the location.
When the officer came at the residence, he spotted the mountain lion crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and snarling” at him, according to Foy, who described the encounter.
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A wildlife officer shot and killed the mountain lion later that day.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on site,” the wildlife department stated. DNA tests eventually established that it was indeed the attacking lion.
Following the shooting of the mountain lion, another appeared and was tranquilized before being relocated to a new site. According to the agency, the mountain lion, who was discovered to be collared and identified to be part of the National Park Service research program, was not involved in the attack and had no known history of attacking humans.