Mountain lion euthanized after attacking 6-year-old girl in Cupertino park

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.


CUPERTINO, Calif. — California wildlife authorities have euthanized a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old girl who had been hiking with her parents.

The Mercury News of San Jose, California reported Thursday that the female cat, between 2 and 4 years old, was found in a tree in the area Wednesday afternoon. Rangers sedated the cat and extracted DNA to confirm it was the same animal that had scratched and bit the child Sunday.

The cat weighed between about 70 pounds (32 kilograms).

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife “is actively engaged in mountain lion conservation across the state. However, public safety is our top priority,” officials said in a statement. “We made the decision to euthanize the lion because it was confirmed to have attacked a human.”

The child was attacked while walking with a group at the Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve in Cupertino, a Silicon Valley city about 46 miles (74 kilometers) south of San Francisco. An adult who was with the group rescued the girl by punching the animal in the ribs.

Sunday's attack was the second in California in two months; the first occurred in Orange County in Southern California in January. Both incidents were not fatal.

The chances of being attacked by a mountain lion are low, wildlife officials say. Mountain lions are nocturnal and generally avoid humans.

Please read our commenting policy
  • No profanity, abuse, racism, hate speech or personal attacks on others.
  • No spam or off-topic posts. Keep the conversation to the theme of the article.
  • No disinformation about current events. Make sure facts are from a reliable source.
  • No name calling. "Orange Menace", "Libtards", etc. are not respectful.
Send a letter to the editor

Our Network

Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Emerald Report
Spirited Magazine