Mountain Lion Attacks 6-Year-Old Boy At Big Bend National Park

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Stock image of mountain lion. ((Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)

Stock image of mountain lion. ((Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) — Big Bend National Park officials are seeking a mountain lion that attacked and injured a 6-year-old boy as he walked with three other people.

Park spokesman David Elkowitz says the boy, who wasn’t identified in a park statement Monday, was treated for puncture wounds and scratches and released from a hospital in Alpine.

The lion remains on the loose.

Elkowitz says the young boy was walking near the park’s lodge with three other people Sunday evening when he was attacked by a “young lion in very poor condition.”

Rangers began evacuating trails and campsites early Monday. Areas closed include the Chisos Basin, Window Trail, the Pinnacles, Boulder Meadow and Juniper Flats.

Elkowitz says the animal that attacked the boy will be killed if found.

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