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Parks and wildlife experts confirm mountain lion involved in attack

Jun 20, 2016

One of two mountain lions killed after an attack in Woody Creek on Friday, June 17th 2016
Credit Michael Buglione / Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

Wildlife experts confirmed Monday which mountain lion was involved in last week’s attack on a child in Woody Creek.

Officials killed two lions late last week after one attacked a 5-year-old boy. Experts confirmed Monday that the first animal killed by law enforcement was indeed the attacker.  

Mike Porras is with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and said Monday that the second lion was put down because it was more likely to also attack a human.

“We don’t know where the mother lion is, but we do know that these two smaller cats were together,” explained Porras. “Many times they… do things together, they learn behaviors at the same time.”

Both mountain lions put down were about seven to nine months old and weighed about forty pounds. Results Monday showed they were in good health.

Porras also said Colorado Parks and Wildlife believes the mother is likely dead, and the agency is not trying to locate her.

Click the "play" button below to hear the 911 call reporting the mountain lion attack.