Mountain lion attacks 3-year-old boy at California wilderness park

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Orange County, California, Sheriff’s Department

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — A mountain lion attacked a 3-year-old boy Monday afternoon, according to the Orange County, California, Sheriff’s Department.

At about 4:15 p.m., a mountain lion at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park attacked the boy, the Orange County Fire Authority reports.

The child was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Deputies and air support helped evacuate the park.

Crews were able to find the mountain lion in a nearby tree. Due to a “threat to public safety,” according to the sheriff’s department, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife authorized law enforcement to euthanize the animal at about 5:20 p.m.

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