SAN DIEGO, CA (KGTV) -- The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department told 10News emergency crews responded to reports of a child attacked by a mountain lion at the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.
The incident happened Monday afternoon at around 2:30 p.m. just east of the waterfall, witnesses said.
Bystanders said the boy's father kicked the large cat -- which is believed to be a mountain lion -- and threw a rock to scare it away.
SDFRD officials said emergency responders rescued the boy near the middle of the canyon.
The boy was picked up by paramedics along Park Village Road and taken to the hospital. He suffered head injuries but was conscious when transported, according to witnesses.
"It's pretty spooky because we've known there's a big cat down here," said Katherine Weadock, who lives in the neighborhood.
Recently a neighbor's security camera had caught a mountain lion walking through a backyard and posted it to an online neighborhood forum.
"We've seen tons of deer down here so it's not unusual to have a mountain lion where there's deer, because that's their favorite food," Weadock said.
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