SAN MATEO COUNTY – A boy was hospitalized with puncture wounds following a mountain lion attack Tuesday night in unincorporated San Mateo County, authorities said.
The attack was reported around 6:50 p.m. in the 1000 block of Tunitas Creek Road, said Sgt. Javier Acosta, a spokesperson for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
“He is expected to be fine,” Acosta said.
@SMCSheriff was dispatched to a report of a mountain lion attack and we can confirm a child was transported to a local trauma center after the attack. Incident occurred on the 1000 blk of Tunitas Creek Rd. in unincorporated SMC. @CaliforniaDFW actively investigating the incident
— San Mateo County S.O (@SMCSheriff) February 1, 2023
The boy was on a hike with a family member when the attack occurred, Acosta said.
Deputies searched the area for the mountain lion but did not find it. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has since taken over the investigation, Acosta said.
A Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson did not immediately return a message seeking additional information.
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