A similar attack happened near where I live a few years back. Lady out jogging near Stanford. Yes, that Stanford. I’ve mentioned other similar events before. This one is down near Los Angeles where a big cat was stalking bikers a few years ago.
How a California dad stopped a mountain lion attacking his 3-year-old son
By Amy Graff, SFGATE Updated 2:36 pm PST, Tuesday, January 21, 2020
A California father didn’t hesitate Monday when a mountain lion scooped up his son from a hiking trail at the California wilderness area 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
The dad stopped the attack by hurling a backpack at the animal after it picked up the boy in its mouth.
“The mountain lion came out of somewhere and grabbed the 3-year-old by the neck and dragged him a short distance,” Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito told USA Today. “The boy’s father threw his backpack at the cougar, which let go of the child, grabbed the pack and sprinted up a nearby tree.”
The father and son were hiking at the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park with four other family members and called for help after the incident. The boy was treated and taken to a nearby hospital.
The park was evacuated while the Department of Fish and Wildlife lured the mountain lion from the tree and then euthanized it, according to CNN.
The Facebook group Orange County Outdoors shared a video of the cougar after it had run up a tree. “We do not support the decision to euthanize the cat but understand it’s in the general public’s best interest,” the group said in a statement.
I suppose eventually, after enough people are eaten, including some of their family and friends, the Greens will realize that promoting lots of Top Predators is a Bad Idea.
This, BTW, is due to the law in California criminalizing killing cougar and promoting their return.
Me? If in the outdoors, I always carry a knife, often a machete, and sometimes a gun. I value all life, even my own…
We have one attack like this reported every few years. Nobody knows how many lone hikers who disappear are cat food. Some areas have a lot of pet and farm animal losses… This will continue getting worse as the population of big cats fully returns to pre-hunting levels. Note that these attacks have happened very near urban areas. There is video of coyote packs in the suburbs here. Wild animals are not exclusive to the wilds. Without fear experiences and culling, they move into urban areas.
Big cats, wild pigs, and coyotes are already suburban in California. Bear are on the edge of the suburbs in the hills and I’ve seen them in folks yards. This is what happens when you ban shooting.