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    Hunt ends on mountain lion that attacked 5-year-old California boy

    HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — California conservationists have called off the search for a mountain lion that attacked a 5-year-old boy on a hiking trail in rural Northern California. They said there was little chance of capturing the animal.

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday that DNA testing confirmed a mountain lion was responsible for Tuesday’s attack in San Mateo County, south of San Francisco.

    But efforts to track and capture the lion were hampered as investigators were denied access to private property near the attack site.

    “This lack of access, combined with deteriorating weather and the nomadic nature of mountain lions has reduced the chances of a successful capture,” said Captain Patrick Foy, a spokesperson for the department.

    Shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, the boy was on the path along Tunitas Creek Road, running ahead of his mother and grandparents when the big cat pounced on him and pinned him to the ground, authorities and family members said.

    His mother, Suzie Trexler, attacked the cougar and let the boy go and ran away.

    The boy wasn’t bitten, Foy said. However, his face was scratched and he had a broken bone near his eye, his aunt, Amie Wagner, told the Chronicle.

    He was treated at a local hospital.

    Mountain lion attacks on humans are rare. According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, there have been about 20 confirmed attacks in California in more than a century of record keeping, only three of which were fatal.

    Last September, a 7-year-old boy was bitten by a mountain lion while walking with his father around dusk in a park near Santa Clarita in Southern California. The father chased the animal away and the child was treated for relatively minor injuries.

    The latest incident for Tuesday occurred in September when a cougar attacked a 7-year-old boy in Pico Canyon Park in Los Angeles County. That child also survived.

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