DNA tests confirm mountain lion attacked California boy


California wildlife authorities say DNA tests confirm that a mountain lion killed in a San Diego County nature preserve this week is the animal that injured a four-year-old boy hours earlier The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday a mountain lion genetic profile obtained from samples collected from the boy is identical to the profile of the lion killed by officers The DNA was extracted from material found on clothing and bandages from the boy and from scrapings from the mountain lion’s claws A closed sign is posted at a trailhead to the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve after an animal attack in San Diego, California Lt Scott Bringman of the Department of Fish and Wildlife says DNA tests confirm that a mountain lion killed in a San Diego County nature preserve this week was the one that hurt a boy The victim was in a group of 11 adults and children on Monday, in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, a 3,700-acre strip of nature meandering through neighborhoods about 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, when he was attacked The boy was in the middle of the group, which scattered at the time of the attack, Bringman said  The boy was hospitalized and treated for head injuries that were not life-threatening, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Lt Scott Bringman said at a press conference. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Heartwarming moment Dasha the brown bear cuddles her cubs as Dramatic video shows a brave hippopotamus fighting off five. Share this article Share Despite a trail closed sign, a woman starts her jog at a trailhead at Los Penasquitos Canyon ‘The father, should be commended, he threw rocks and the animal left the scene,’ Bringman said San Diego Fire-Rescue reported the attack to Fish and Wildlife, whose officers found mountain lion tracks ‘While they were at the scene, the mountain lion came to the location about 7 o’clock at night,’ Bringman said ‘The animal did not appear to be scared of the wardens, which is an indication the animal is habituated, so at that point in time, the animal was euthanized ‘The mountain lion, described as an 80-pound adult female, was then tested for DNA from the victim while the boy’s clothing and bandages was tested for DNA from the lion  Bringman said it’s been more than 20 years since a mountain lion attacked a person in San Diego County ‘It’s extremely rare,’ he said, noting that the animals are present but rarely seen The boy was extremely lucky because an 80-pound lion can do major damage, Bringman said The four-year-old boy suffered head injuries in the San Diego County nature preserve’Luckily the dad was there and fended off the animal,’ he said Children have previously been attacked by Southern California mountain lions. Two well-known incidents occurred in 1986 at Ronald W Caspers Regional Park in Orange County.A five-year-old girl, Laura Small, was mauled that March and a six-year-old boy, Justin Mellon, was grabbed by a lion the following October He was rescued by his father, who used a hunting knife to drive the animal away.Urban sprawl has increasingly encroached in areas where Southern California mountain lions live Still, they are rarely seen by people.The lions move constantly and each has a large home range With some regularity, they are killed by traffic as they try to cross freeways. They also face such threats as rodent poisons and inbreeding due to being hemmed in by development California wildlife authorities say a mountain lion genetic profile obtained from samples collected from the boy is identical to the profile of the lion killed (file photo) Brian Schick gets off his bike as he gets ready to cross over the gate at a trailhead Wildlife officials have determined that the animal which injured a 4-year-old boy is the same one later killed by park rangers

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