Mountain lion killed after it attacked 5-year-old boy in Calabasas

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS, CA-AUGUST 02, 2012 -Jeff Sikich, wildlife biologist with the National Park Service closely observes a tranquilized young female mountain lion named P-25 captured in the Santa Monica mountains August 02, 2012. (Photo by Al Seib

A mountain lion that attacked a 5-year-old boy in Calabasas was shot and killed by a wildlife officer, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed Saturday.

The 65-pound mountain lion attacked the boy in his front yard in Calabasas at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday, inflicting wounds to the child's head, neck and upper torso before the boy's mother was able to fend off the attack by striking the lion multiple times.

The boy was hospitalized and is expected to recover.

CDFW's law enforcement division immediately investigated the incident, interviewing the family at the hospital and visiting the scene of the attack, where they discovered the aggressive animal crouched in a corner of the family's yard.

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"Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion," according to CDFW, which reported that the animal was shot and killed on site. DNA samples taken from the mountain lion later confirmed that it was the creature that attacked the boy.

Another mountain lion spotted in the area was tranquilized and tested to be sure it was not involved in the attack. DNA tests confirmed that fact, so it was released back into the wild unharmed, CDFW officials said.

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