Mountain Lion killed after one attacked boy at Rancho Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials killed a mountain lion at Rancho Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve that may have attacked a 4-year-old boy.

The boy was part of a group of 11 people recreating in the park at the time. The details of how the suspected attack occurred are not yet available, according to Wildlife officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

He was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital after sustaining a non-life threatening injury consistent with a mountain lion attack.

The 4-year-old boy is in good condition, recovering well from his injuries and expected to be released from the hospital soon, according to spokesperson from Rady Children’s Hospital.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said wildlife officers were conducting their investigation at the scene, they identified mountain lion tracks. Very shortly thereafter and in the same area, a mountain lion approached the officers. The lion appeared to have little fear of humans, which is abnormal behavior for a mountain lion.

The wildlife officers collected clothing and other samples from the boy. Those samples, plus the carcass, are en route to the CDFW Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Sacramento for a necropsy and DNA analysis. CDFW wildlife forensics specialists will attempt to confirm that this animal was responsible for the attack.

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