Just last summer in So Cal.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... 643763001/
A California woman has been called “a hero” by state officials after she fought off a mountain lion with her bare hands after it attacked her 5-year-old son.
The boy was playing by a tree near his home in Calabasas, west of Los Angeles, on Thursday morning when a 65-pound mountain lion attacked him, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Department spokesman Patrick Foy told the Associated Press the mountain lion “dragged him about 45 yards" before his mother, came to the rescue.
"She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son," Foy said. "The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life."
Foy told CBSLA the boy's mother noticed the attack when she heard her son screaming. He added the boy suffered traumatic injuries to his head and torso and was taken to a children's hospital in Los Angeles.
After law enforcement was notified of the attack, wildlife officials went to the family's home when an officer noticed an "aggressive" mountain lion in the corner of the property. Officials said because of the mountain lion's behavior and location, they, "believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety, shot and killed it" on the property, which evidence proved to be true.
"Wildlife Forensics Scientists analyzed samples from underneath the claws of the suspect lion carcass and isolated traces of human tissue and blood with a DNA profile that matched the young victim," the department said in the statement. "Results were conclusive that it was the attacking lion that was shot by the wildlife officer on scene."
Shortly after the suspected mountain lion was killed, two more mountain lions, including one full-grown adult with a radio collar and one similar to the deceased lion, appeared.
Citing safety concerns, officials used a nonlethal tranquilizer on the uncollared, similar mountain lion. After confirming the tranquilized mountain lion was not involved in the attack, it was released back into the wild.
The size of the deceased mountain lion indicated it was a kitten born less than one year ago, according to officials. Experts told CBSLA the attack might have happened because the boy was small and the mountain lion is still trying to learn how to hunt for food.
Not just mountain lions, a Colorado woman was killed by bears last year.
https://www.the-journal.com/articles/no ... port-says/
A Colorado Parks and Wildlife incident report confirmed that bears were the only animals involved in a fatal attack on a 39-year-old Durango woman April 30.
Laney Malavolta was found dead in a wooded area north of Durango and near Trimble Lane (County Road 252). The subsequent investigation concluded that a sow and two cubs were responsible for her death, based on information gathered from the initial CPW investigation and autopsy and necropsy results.
In the weeks after Malavolta’s death, rumors grew in La Plata County that a mountain lion might have been involved in the attack.
“We are aware there are some folks that might think that,” said Travis Duncan, CPW spokesman.
But investigators found no evidence that a mountain lion was in the area, he said.
“We think why that rumor might be popping up is because the body was cached,” or partially buried in debris, Duncan said.
Mountain lions frequently cast plant life and dirt over prey to hide it, then return later. Black bears show the same behavior, although it is not as common as with mountain lions.
The cause of death was determined to be a perforated left carotid artery caused by a bear, based on Malavolta's injuries and evidence at the scene. Her injuries were not consistent with typical mountain lion attack, Duncan said.
CPW wildlife officers looked for signs of wildlife immediately after recovering Malavolta. They scanned for tracks and scat, and they used hounds to track any wildlife in the area, according to the incident report.
The hounds quickly found the three bears, then continued surveying the area. No signs of other predators, including mountain lions, were found.
The wildlife officer set up multiple game cameras and left them up for more than 24 hours after the attack. No lions returned to the area, Duncan said.
“There’s no evidence of a mountain lion being involved in the attack,” said Chris Burke, spokesman for La Plata County Sheriff’s Office. “There are mountain lions in the area, one in particular that the DOW is aware of and are trying to capture, but it wasn’t in the same vicinity of the attack.”
DNA evidence during the examination of the bears and an injury analysis confirmed the bears were involved. The injuries were not consistent with a mountain lion attack, Duncan said.
“If there were lions in the area, we’re pretty confident that the dogs would’ve found some sign of them,” he said.
CPW emphasized the importance of being bear-aware.
“We really don’t know what happened. It’s just a tragic accident,” Duncan said.
Bear attacks are considered extremely rare in Colorado. There were about 85 recorded attacks on humans between 1960 and 2020. Three of those were fatal. Malavolta’s death is the fourth fatal attack in the same time range, according to CPW records.
An experienced and knowledgeable operator in the backcountry, Malavolta’s “greatest joy” was to be outdoors, according to a statement from Malavolta’s family.
“While Laney’s physical presence was suddenly taken from this earth, all that know and love her can take comfort; Laney’s soul will live forever in her favorite place, doing her favorite thing,” the family’s statement said. “She would not have wanted it any other way.”
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