Homeless Man Seriously Injured in Mountain Lion Attack Identified | NBC Southern California

Homeless Man Seriously Injured in Mountain Lion Attack Identified

Authorities have not been able to interview the victim from Saturday's attack



    Authorities have identified a homeless man who was attacked by a mountain lion in Perris over the weekend.

    Raymond Navarro, 48, suffered serious injuries to his face, chest, head and arms around 8 a.m. Saturday morning near Highway 74 and Navajo Road, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    Navarro, a resident of a homeless camp, underwent surgery following the attack and is still recovering. Hospital officials still have not given authorities permission to interview Navarro about what happened, according to Lt. Patrick Foy.

    Baited traps were set up shortly after the attack, but the lion still hasn’t been caught.

    Residents were fearful after hearing about the attack.

    "It's scary, it's frightening," Angela Garcia said. "My dad runs through here and he's seen a lot of wild animals, like snakes and stuff, but he's never seen a mountain lion."

    The attack is the 15th in California since 1986. 

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