KRON — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that a mountain lion killed by wildlife officials is the same one that attacked a 6-year-old boy on Sunday.
Officials determined that the lion was responsible for the attack after testing saliva samples taken from the boy’s shirt. The samples also came back negative for rabies.
The CDFW says it was necessary to take DNA samples to confirm the lion killed was the one being sought.
The Lion was a 74 pound male cat, approximately 2 years of age, and in healthy condition.
Wildlife officials say an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 mountain lions live in California, and that attacks on humans are very rare.
When an attack does occur the CDFW’s policy includes non-lethal and relocation options, but its priority is public safety.
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