California mother wards off a mountain lion with her uncovered hands after she saw it hauling her five-year-old child across front grass – before the large cat was shot and killed by a wild life official
A California mother warded off a mountain lion with her uncovered hands after it assaulted her five-year-old child and hauled him across the front grass.
The 65-pound mountain lion went over the kid outside his home in Calabasas, in Los Angeles County, on Thursday and ‘hauled him around 45 yards,’ said Capt. Patrick Foy, a representative for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The kid’s mom had heard the uproar from inside and raced to his guide, ‘punching and hitting the mountain lion with her exposed hands’ until it relinquished her child and escaped, Foy said. An untamed life official later shot and killed the lion.
‘The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life.’
The guardians promptly drove the kid to a close by clinic. He experienced horrible wounds to his head and upper middle, however was accounted for to be in stable condition.
The authorities were then told of the assault and went searching for the mountain lion.
An officer noticed the lion still nearby the home, couching in the bushes with its ‘ears back and hissing,’ officials said.
‘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 said in a statement Saturday.
Two other mountain lions were spotted in the area and were tranquilized. DNA evidence found that they had not attacked the boy, nor had they had violent histories.
The tests confirmed that the lion who was shot and killed was the one who attacked the boy.
The other two lions were released back into the Santa Monica Mountains, where nearly 100 mountain lions are monitored using GPS radio-collars.
The lion that attacked the boy was found to have no such collar on it.
The attack was the first of its kind since 1995, according to the CDFW.
What to do if you come across a mountain lion?
• Stay calm and hold your ground or back away slowly
• Face the lion and stand upright
• Do not approach the lion and do not run from a lion
• Never crouch down of bend over in front of a mountain lion
• If it approaches you, do all you can to appear intimidating
• Wave your arms or yell in a loud voice
• If it continues to approach, begin throwing things at it
• Aim at its head to scare the animal away
If it attacks you, fight back
• Use whatever you can to help fight against the lion and do all you can to remain standing