Mountain Lion killed today likely attacked Nor Cal boy

Sep 10, 2014 8:19 PM by Debbie Cobb

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Wildlife officials in Northern California say they have shot and killed a mountain lion they believe is the one that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Patrick Foy says it is highly likely that the 65-pound male mountain lion shot and killed Wednesday is the one that attacked the boy on a hiking trail on Sunday, but it will take DNA tests to be sure.

Foy says that searchers and dogs found the mountain lion in the morning and cornered it 70 feet high in a tree.

He says darting and capturing the mountain lion alive was not a viable option.

DNA taken from saliva on the boy's shirt indicated the mountain lion was a male.

The boy was bitten in the head and neck. He was discharged Monday morning from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a day after he was admitted in serious condition to the center's pediatric trauma unit.

The boy was hiking about 10 feet in front of his family around 1 p.m. at the Picchetti Ranch Zinfandel Trail in the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District when the mountain lion jumped and attacked him from a hidden position.


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