Santa Clara California: A six-year-old girl was walking with her parents through the Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve. The group consisted of 6 adults and 4 children when a 160-pound mountain lion attacked the six-year-old girl.
The girl was reportedly walking along with three other children when the attack occurred, and one of the adults who were nearby reportedly was able to rescue her by punching the animal in the ribs, according to ABC News’ San Francisco station KGO.
“Right now she has minor injuries,” said MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District ranger, Brad Pennington. “A couple punctured wounds to her calf. She was also treated for minor first aid and then her parents took her to the hospital.”
The park was experiencing one of its busiest days of the year with nearly 300 cars filling the parking lot. The park was closed until further notice.
Authorities are tracking the lion and trying to capture it in a large trap. They will do DNA tests to confirm they have the correct lion and make a decision then. In most cases like this, the predator is put down.