Monday 26 September 2016

Mum's horror as child (4) snatched by mountain lion

Catherine Devine

Published 14/08/2016 | 10:17

The mountain lion was killed by park officials Photo: Getty Images
The mountain lion was killed by park officials Photo: Getty Images

A mother watched in horror as her four-year-old daughter was snatched and dragged away by a mountain lion.

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The family were camping in Idaho when the animal grabbed the child near a campfire on August 12.

The girl's parents screamed in horror causing the mountain lion to drop the girl and flee, Idaho Fish and Game Regional Conservation Educator Gregg Losinski said in a statement.

The girl was unharmed and only suffered a few scratches but the parents took the girl to a hospital after the attack as a precaution.

A mountain lion was later killed by Madison County sheriff's deputies after a conservation officer and hunter treed the young female lion early Saturday a few hundred yards from the camp, said Losinski.

He said in the statement that cougar sightings are rare and attacks are rarer, but when there are attacks cougars usually target small children.

The parents had seen the mountain lion earlier in the day and Losinski said their close watch and quick thinking saved the child's life.

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