1 dead, 1 injured in mountain lion attack in California


One person was killed and another injured after a mountain lion attacked them in a remote part of El Dorado County in California's Georgetown area on Saturday.


One person was killed and another injured in a mountain lion attack in a remote part of Northern California on Saturday, authorities said.

An 18-year-old man called authorities at 1:13 p.m. to say he and his 21-year-old brother were attacked by a mountain lion while hunting antler sheds in the Georgetown area, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff's Office news release. liberation

The caller was separated from his brother during the attack and suffered “traumatic injuries” to his face, according to the release. Paramedics and paramedics treated and took him to hospital for further treatment.

After deputies searched for the missing brother, they found him on the ground next to a crouched mountain lion at 1:46 p.m., according to the statement.

Deputies fired their weapons to stop the mountain lion so they could get to the brother, according to the release.

“Deputies discharged their firearms to scare off the mountain lion so they could render medical aid,” the release said. When they reached him, they realized the 21-year-old was dead, according to the sheriff's office.

“A death like this is extremely rare,” El Dorado County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kyle Parker told CNN affiliate KRA.

Parker says the mountain lion was later found by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and an El Dorado County trapper.

“The mountain lion was dispatched and the body of the mountain lion was collected for further examination,” he said.

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According to Parker, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will try to determine what caused the attack.

Mountain lion attacks on humans are rare, according to State institution. This is the first time a mountain lion has been killed in California in 30 years.

The last recorded fatal mountain lion attack in El Dorado County was in April 1994. California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A 40-year-old woman died after being attacked at Auburn State Recreation Area.

Since 1890, there have been fewer than 50 reported mountain lion attacks on humans in California, and only six have been fatal, according to California wildlife officials. In most cases, the department said, the person was alone when the attack occurred.

CNN has sought more information about the attack from officials.

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