California boy recovers from mountain lion attack

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are searching for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy and began dragging him away before his father and another man fought the animal off.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Patrick Foy says the boy suffered bite wounds and scratches on his head and neck following Sunday afternoon’s attack in an open space preserve near the Silicon Valley city of Cupertino.

A hospital spokeswoman says the boy is recovering at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he is listed in fair condition.

Foy said the boy’s father told investigators his son was about 10 feet ahead of the group when a mountain lion “came out of nowhere” and attacked.

Foy said authorities plan to deploy dogs on the trail Monday to track the animal.


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