Published On: Sun, Jun 19th, 2016

Colorado woman fights off mountain lion to save her 5-year-old son

Boy playing outside home suffers injuries to face, head and neck

Mountain Lion,   Courtesy of the USFS


A Colorado woman saved her 5-year-old son’s life by prying his head from the mouth of a mountain lion that was attacking the boy in their front yard, authorities said Saturday.

The Pitkin County sheriff  Michael Buglione office told ABC7 the boy had been playing outside with his older brother Friday evening , about 8pm, when the mountain lion attacked, near their home about 10 miles north-west of Aspen.

The mother heard her boys screaming. She ran outside, saw the mountain lion on top of her son and rushed to his aid.

Buglione said “She grabbed a paw and lifted it up, and put her right hand in its mouth to pry the boy out of its mouth so the boy could get free.” The lion ran off. He was estimated to be about 2 years old and not fully grown.



The boy suffered deep cuts to his face, head and neck,  according to the Aspen Valley Hospital. The mother had bite marks on her hand and scratches on her leg,  spokesperson told NBC News she was “released in good condition”.

Two mountain lions were killed by Wildlife officials in the area within several hours of the attack.

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