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.
#OCSDPIO@OCSheriff received a call at approx 4:20 pm to assist @OCFA_PIO after a reported mountain lion attack in Whiting Ranch. The victim, a 3-year old boy, received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The mountain lion was located in a nearby tree. https://t.co/f6OQJ1YGnH pic.twitter.com/rn4xlq7ZwQ
— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSheriff) January 21, 2020