Normally when there is a mountain lion incident and direct human contact, there are several months of abnormally high sightings reports, suggesting that the human response to extremely rare predator aggression is overblown attention and fear. The recent incident involving a 6 year old boy is no exception.
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed forensics testing of the mountain lion killed by wildlife officials in Cupertino on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Test results from the department’s Wildlife Forensics Lab confirmed this was the same lion that attacked a six-year-old boy on Sunday, Sept. 7. The animal also tested negative for rabies through the UC Davis California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory.
Wildlife crews in Northern California added an extra live trap Tuesday in their ongoing search to catch a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy. Biologists set a fourth live trap with roadkill carcasses as bait to go along with three others set Monday to help increase the chances of capturing the cougar, said California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Kirsten Macintyre.
Shawn Ardaiz was enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon, picnicking with family and friends at the Picchetti Winery, when he watched in shock as a father rushed down the nearby trailhead, clutching his 6-year-old son whose arms and legs were wrapped tightly around him. Read full report.