Authorities have confirmed a 8-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion and sustained serioius injuries on Wednesday night in the in the Burland Subdivision in Bailey, Colorado around 8 p.m. The boy’s injuries required an overnight stay in the hospital.
FOX31 reports Colorado Parks and Wildlife said wildlife officers were on scene about 10pm searching for the animal and a dog team was called in to help. Jason Clay of CPW:
“Like you would a crime scene we’ll kind of take it the same area. We want to see what evidence we can find if its fur, clothing blood. Prints, paw prints. What we want to do is if we do get it see if we can positively identify the description. Are there any other markers that would help us be confident that this was the mountain lion that had attacked the child.”
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife mountain lion attacks are rare and there have been fewer than a dozen fatal attacks on people in North America in the last 100 years. In the rare instance you are facing down a mountain lion attack the CPW created this informational video to walk you though how to handle the situation (COMPLETE INFO HERE):