California Mountain Lion That Attacked 5-Year-Old Was Fended Off by Child’s Mother Before Being Killed

by Jonathan Howard

The mountain lion that attacked a 5-year-old in California was fended off by the child’s mother. Before officials shot and killed the lion, the mother fought the wild beast off with her bare hands. There isn’t anything more selfless than a mother’s love.

In Calabasas, the boy was attacked by a roaming mountain lion. The child’s mother was able to defend her child from bites and strikes. However, the boy did go to the hospital with injuries. The scariest part of the attack is that it happened at their home. Living in the hills of California means dealing with wildlife in the area as well. After running off with the child and taking them “about 45” yards away, according to authorities, the big cat was stopped by the mother.

Captain Patrick Foy, who is a spokesman for the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, said, “The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life.” He detailed the mother’s actions during the attack.

“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son.” That is truly next-level mothering. After fending off the mountain lion, the mom and dad took their son to the hospital. From there, staff alerted authorities to the attack. Unfortunately, according to Foy, the child did suffer traumatic injuries to the head and upper torso. The good news, the boy is in stable condition and recovering.

Wildlife officials went back to the scene and spotted the animal. The mountain lion began hissing at them. Then, they put the animal down.

Mountain Lion Encounters

While rare, encounters with mountain lions can occur. Especially in California where this particular attack occurred. However, not all encounters end in injury. Earlier in the week, a Boise, Idaho neighborhood was visited by their local mountain lion. The animal was caught on camera at 2 in the morning. Residents said that it was more than likely looking for food or water.

In this particular neighborhood, the locals have named the mountain lion. Michael. While some think it is just a regular occurrence, many residents in the area are concerned. As they should be. These animals can be very territorial, so there is no telling when an animal is going to react badly while dogs or children are in the area. Wild animals are nothing to mess with, so extreme caution is necessary when dealing with one in populated areas.

Hopefully, wildlife officials in Boise are able to get the issue under control. An attack like the one in Calabasas would be a tragedy. While animals deserve their space and habitat, once they become a threat to people there should be serious consideration taken when dealing with the animal.