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Trap Set for Mountain Lion After 8-Year-Old Boy Attacked

Officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife set a trap for a mountain lion in Bailey after an eight-year-old boy was attacked and bitten on the head on the evening of August 21. The attack happened as the boy was playing outside with his brother. The brother alerted his father to the attack, and the father rushed out to find the mountain lion on top of his son. The mountain lion then ran off, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said. The child was hospitalized overnight. A team of dogs were brought to the scene, but they were unable to pick up the mountain lion’s scent. A second, specially trained dog team also failed to track the animal. By the evening of August 22, the mountain lion had yet to be caught. By policy, the animal must be put down if it is caught, the agency said. Since 1990, there have been 22 mountain lion attacks on humans in Colorado with three of those resulting in a fatality, in 1991, 1997 and 1999. The boy’s attack was the third this year. In one of the previous attacks this year, on February 4, a runner near Fort Collins killed the mountain lion with his bare hands. Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife via Storyful
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