When a group of officers arrived in a neighborhood in Loveland, Colorado – after the call of a mountain lion attack – they tried to contain the big cat.
Instead, he attacked an MP and took her to the ground on Wednesday.
It was then that one of the officers kicked the wild animal while the other officers shot and frightened him. MPs then followed the animal to a nearby house where a Colorado Parks & Wildlife game warden shot and killed the mountain lion, a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office press release said.
If you feel like you’ve heard a lot about the mountain lion attacks in Colorado recently, it’s because there have been more than usual.
Last year, a runner smothered a mountain lion
with his foot while his arm was still stuck in the animal’s mouth. And an 8 year old boy playing outside on the trampoline was seriously injured by a mountain lion.
A total of 22 mountain lions attacks humans
has taken place in Colorado since 1990, including three deaths, said wildlife officials. Three of these attacks took place last year.
In Larimer County, authorities quickly transported the deputy and an injured citizen to a local hospital where they are recovering from life-threatening injuries, authorities said. And Colorado Parks & Wildlife will collect samples from the lion to see if it has a disease.
Park officials said anyone who sees a mountain lion
should stay calm, grow tall, and back away slowly.