Child attacked by mountain lion in northern California | California

A child was taken to a trauma center on Tuesday after being attacked by a mountain lion in rural northern California, authorities said.

The attack was reported shortly before 7pm on Tunitas Creek Road in an unincorporated area of San Mateo county, the sheriff’s department said.

The area is south of Half Moon Bay.

“Our coastal community had endured so much these past few weeks. Our entire agency is saddened of this news and sends many warm wishes to the child for a speedy and full recovery,” the San Mateo county sheriff, Christina Corpus, said to the San Francisco Chronicle. “Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

The victim was conscious while being taken to the hospital but there was no immediate word on the child’s condition.

Other details were not immediately released.

The California department of fish and wildlife was investigating the attack.

Mountain lion attacks on humans are rare. There have been 21 other known attacks, according to the California department of fish and wildlife. Only three have been fatal.

Last September, a seven-year-old boy was bitten by a mountain lion while walking with his father around dusk in a park near Santa Clarita in southern California. The father scared the animal away and the child was treated for relatively minor wounds.

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