Mountain Lion Attack on Man in Riverside County - California Hunting Post

Mountain Lion Attack on Man in Riverside County

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February 2, 2014 CDFW News
A 50-year-old homeless man is recovering in a hospital after allegedly being attacked by a mountain lion in Perris over the weekend.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital Saturday morning with injuries consistent with a mountain lion attack – lacerations, puncture wounds and bite marks at the base of the skull.
He had surgery Saturday night and his condition is unknown.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) law enforcement officers and biologists responded to the area and were unable to locate the lion. Baited traps have been set in an effort to capture the lion and officers are on scene.
CDFW will make all reasonable efforts to ensure the actual offending animal is destroyed. DNA samples were collected from the victim to match with the lion if it is captured. If the animal is found it will be destroyed in the interest of public safety.
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The attack happened off of Highway 74 west of the 215 freeway.
If confirmed this will be the 15thverified lion attack on humans in California since 1986. The last fatal attack was in Jan. 2004 at Whiting Ranch Regional Park in Orange County. A 63-year-old man survived a lion attack in July 2012 in Nevada County.
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The incident is under investigation.
CDFW
Comment: This reports actually fits very well with my upcoming report and update on wild Canad geese in Los Angeles that have become conditioned to accept food from human hands.
While Canada geese may not constitute a grave danger to human life, any wild animal that is accustomed to the presence of humans and, worse yet, has learned to accept handouts from them is a potential danger under the right circumstances. Wildlife should be admired in its natural environment but otherwise left alone. It is safer for us and better for the wild animals.
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