Mountain Lion that Attacked 3-Year-Old Boy Euthanized

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A mountain lion attacked a three-year-old boy in a Lake Forest park Monday.

The mountain lion was later caught and euthanized. The boy is recovering at home Tuesday after being treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.

The incident happened within Whiting Ranch.

Orange County Fire Authority Captain Tony Bommarito says the family of six was on a hike at the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park when the lion pounced:

"A mountain lion came out of somewhere, attacked a three-year-old grabbed him by the neck and started dragging him," said Bommarito.

The mountain lion released the boy after his father threw a backpack at it, which the lion ran off with. 

A 3-year-old male was attacked by a mountain lion within Whiting Ranch around 4:15 this afternoon. The child is in stable condition at a local hospital. Dept of Fish and Wildlife gave local law enforcement the approval to euthanize the lion due to the public safety threat.

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The park will remain closed until further notice, authorities said.