Mountain Lion Attacks Boy

6-year-old Texas boy survives attack in national park
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2012 12:32 AM CST
Mountain Lion Attacks Boy
Campsites and trails in Big Bend National Park were closed after the attack.   (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

A 6-year-old Texas boy survived an attack by a hungry mountain lion in Big Bend National Park. The boy was walking with his family when the animal pounced, leaving him with puncture wounds and scratches, AP reports. The mountain lion tried to attack another family, but was fended off with a backpack. The animal—described by both families as young, small, and malnourished—is being hunted with a team of dogs, and will be killed if found. Parts of the west Texas park were evacuated after the attack. (More mountain lion stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.