Lake Forest

3-Year-Old Child Attacked by Mountain Lion in Lake Forest, Animal Euthanized

The father in the family threw a backpack at the mountain lion, who dropped the boy and picked up the backpack before going up a tree

OCFA

A 3-year-old child was attacked by a mountain lion in Lake Forest Monday and the animal was located and euthanized, the Orange County Fire Authority said.

The attack took place around 4:17 p.m. at Whiting Ranch Park, officials said.

A family of six was walking when the mountain lion came and grabbed the 3-year-old by the neck and dragged away, Tony Bommarito of the OCFA said.

The father in the family threw a backpack at the mountain lion, who dropped the boy and picked up the backpack before going up a tree, Bommarito said.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department evacuated the park, officials said.

The 3-year-old boy was in stable condition and taken to a nearby hospital, Bommarito said.

NBCLA

Around 5:45 p.m., fire officials said they euthanized the animal.

The 3-year-old boy was released from the hospital Monday night, according to fire officials.

The same park witnessed two mountain lion attacks in 2004, but attacks are not a normal occurrence.

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