Aspen-area mother saves son from mountain lion attack
PITKIN COUNTY — Authorities say a mother fought off a mountain lion that attacked her 5-year-old son in the yard of their home below Woody Creek on Friday night.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office told ABC-7 (http://bit.ly/1UTKHon ) that the 5-year-old boy had been playing outside around 8 p.m. when the mountain lion attacked.
The sheriff’s office says the boy’s mother ran outside when she heard screaming and removed her son from the animal. The boy’s face, head and neck had been injured.
Authorities told the TV station the boy was being transported to a Denver hospital in fair condition.
The mother hurt her hand and legs but has been released from the hospital.
Authorities found and killed a mountain lion in the front yard of the home about 10 miles northwest of Aspen.
Witnesses reported that two lions were seen in the near vicinity prior to the incident.
Officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the USDA’s Wildlife Services are tracking the second lion and it will be put down when found, officials said.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are conducting a full investigation of the incident and will release additional information as it becomes available.
A necropsy will be performed on the lion or lions suspected in the attack.
The last known lion attack on a human in Colorado occurred in July of 2015 when a young lion attacked a man as he fished along the Coffee Pot Road, north of Dotsero. The man received scratches and bites on his back and was treated and released from a local clinic. The lion in that incident, described as a small, yearling male, was tracked and killed.
There have been three fatal mountain lion attacks in Colorado since 1991.
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