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Mountain Lion Accomplishes Amazing Feat, Is Killed Trying to Do It Again

P-61 crossed California's 405 freeway, but died trying to cross back

(Newser) - On July 19, a Southern California mountain lion accomplished a daunting feat: He safely crossed the 405 freeway, the first collared mountain lion to do so in the National Park Service's 17-year study of the mountain lions who live in and around the Santa Monica Mountains. Other mountain lions... More »

Florida's Big Cats Are Stumbling, and No One Knows Why

Panthers and bobcats in Florida appear to be afflicted with disabling nerve disorder

(Newser) - There's a problem with Florida's big cats. The New York Times reports on a bunch of strange sightings of panthers and a bobcat in the Sunshine State, caught on trail cameras, that show the felines having trouble walking, caused by an apparent neurological disorder. Kittens seem to be... More »

After Seeing This, He's Thankful for Dull Pocketknife

Colorado's Richard Marriott escapes cougar attack with a scratch

(Newser) - A hunter has survived a cougar attack in Colorado by stabbing the animal in the face. Richard Marriott of Evergreen was returning from an elk scouting expedition in Kremmling's Big Horn Park—the site of a week-old cougar sighting—when the young adult male appeared after dusk on Aug.... More »

Boy, 4, Attacked by Cougar in the Middle of the Afternoon

His father saved him from mountain lion's grips

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy is lucky to have survived what's claimed to be the first cougar attack in California's San Diego County in more than 20 years. The boy and his family were with a group hiking in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve around 2:30pm Monday when the... More »

Cougar Goes to Macy's, Shows Interest in Planter

Juvenile male relocated Monday in Santa Rosa, Calif.

(Newser) - One thing Macy's doesn't have: an appropriate habitat for a cougar. A juvenile mountain lion spotted early Monday in a planter outside a Macy's store in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif., was ultimately tranquilized, tagged, and moved to territory north of the city. Wildlife officials said it was... More »

She Wrestled Cougar Off Her Son, Credits 'Praying in Tongues'

Canadian Chelsea Lockhart thinks a miracle happened Friday

(Newser) - The 7-year-old's mistake was in running. Good thing he had a badass Canadian mom looking out for him. Chelsea Lockhart tells CTV News she heard a commotion outside her home on British Columbia's Vancouver Island Friday and emerged to find her son, Zachery, being dragged by a juvenile... More »

Runner's Wild Cougar Killing Is Confirmed

Necropsy describes 'blunt trauma and strangulation' to juvenile cat

(Newser) - As mountain lions can weigh up to 180 pounds, it's no surprise few have been killed by claw-less humans of a similar size. Now, a necropsy helps explain how 150-pound Travis Kauffman managed the incredible feat in self-defense last month, reports the Coloradoan . His animal attacker was 3 to... More »

Surprise Find in Backyard Tree: This Mountain Lion

Calif. firefighters, wildlife officials converged on the scene to remove the big cat

(Newser) - When you've got a cat stuck in a tree, call the fire department. When you've got a really big cat stuck in a tree—well, still call the fire department and they'll see what they can do. California firefighters came through with flying colors when that exact... More »

Man Explains How He Killed Attacking Mountain Lion

Colorado man says he had to suffocate it

(Newser) - Travis Kauffman says he's sad that a mountain lion had to die—but since the animal had leaped at him and latched onto his wrist with its jaws, he had little choice but to fight back. At a news conference Thursday, the 31-year-old, who needed 28 stitches, recounted his... More »

Attacked Runner Kills Cougar, Drives to Hospital

Somebody had a really bad Monday

(Newser) - The survival instinct kicked in for a northern Colorado man, who not only killed a mountain lion that attacked him as he was running in a mountain park on Monday, but then hiked out of the area, and drove himself to a hospital. "The runner did everything he could... More »

'Unprecedented Event': Oregon Hiker Likely Killed by Cougar

It's the first fatal attack by a wild cougar in the state

(Newser) - Authorities say a dead hiker whose body was recovered this week was likely killed by a cougar, marking the first fatal attack by a wild cougar in Oregon and the second in the Pacific Northwest this year. Search and rescue teams found the body of Diana Bober, 55, on Monday... More »

Family Comes Home, Finds a Mountain Lion

The family is now grieving the death of their house cat

(Newser) - A mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out, the AP reports. Boulder police say the homeowner came back to the house late Thursday night and found the mountain lion inside. It appeared that... More »

'Something Was Wrong With This Cougar': Attack Details Released

As cougar attacked friend, cyclist ran—and was killed

(Newser) - "They did everything they were supposed to do. But something was wrong with this cougar." That's the take from King County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Abbott after a rare attack on humans left one cyclist dead in Washington state Saturday and another badly injured. The Seattle men'... More »

'Extremely Rare' Cougar Attack Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Both victims were riding bikes in a remote part of the state

(Newser) - One mountain biker was killed and a second left seriously injured in a Washington State cougar attack over the weekend. The two men, who've not been identified, were biking in a remote area east of Seattle when the predator struck, KING5 reports. Rich Beausoleil, the state's bear and... More »

Mountain Lion Slinks Into Home, Takes Barking Dog

Calif. homeowners advised to lock doors

(Newser) - Mountain lions aren't an especially rare sight in the hills of California's San Mateo County, authorities say—but it's a lot rarer for them to walk into homes and snatch pets, as appeared to have happened early Monday morning. Vickie Fought, a homeowner in Pescadero, says she... More »

Family Saves 4-Year-Old Girl From Mountain Lion

Attack occurred while they were camping in Idaho

(Newser) - Kelsi Butt is 4 years old, and the attack happened so fast, she thought it was a bicycle coming toward her. Instead, it was a mountain lion at her family's campsite in eastern Idaho, reports the Rexburg Standard Journal . The big cat actually grabbed Kelsi and tried to drag... More »

Mom Saves Son From Mountain Lion Attack

The 5-year-old suffered injuries to his head, neck, and face

(Newser) - A Colorado mom whose 5-year-old son was being attacked by a mountain lion leapt into action Friday, fighting off the animal and potentially saving the boy's life, NBC News reports. The boy was playing with his older brother in their yard about 10 miles outside of Aspen when his... More »

Officials Think LA Mountain Lion Entered Zoo, Killed Koala

'The evidence is circumstantial'

(Newser) - Officials believe P-22, a wild mountain lion that prowls a sprawling Los Angeles park, made a meal of a koala found mauled to death at the city's zoo, the AP reports. Zoo director John Lewis said this week that workers found the koala's body outside its pen March... More »

Cougar That Wowed Biologists Killed in Montana

She traveled more than 10 times as far as expected

(Newser) - A young mountain lion from Canada made a surprising journey of hundreds of miles before she was killed by a hunter in Montana, biologists say. The cougar, nicknamed Sandy, was collared in British Columbia 10 months ago and, after a 450-mile journey, had settled in the Helena Valley when she... More »

Cougar With Teeth Growing From Forehead Perplexes

The animal was killed late last month in Idaho

(Newser) - A hunter in southeast Idaho bagged a cougar in late December that had an extra set of teeth … growing out of its forehead, the Idaho State Journal reports. "It has all of us scratching our heads," a wildlife biologist tells the Journal. It's described, per East ... More »

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