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Mountain lion euthanized after swatting 11-year-old girl

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Wildlife officials euthanized a young mountain lion Wednesday after it swatted an 11-year-old girl inside her family’s chicken coop in Buena Vista, leaving a puncture wound on her face.

The girl was attacked after she opened the wooden hen house, where the mountain lion was inside, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a news release Thursday evening. 

When wildlife officers were called to the rural area southeast of Buena Vista, they found a young female mountain lion, weighing about 30 pounds, in the wire mesh coop. Officers quickly euthanized the lion, which appeared to be healthy, and sent the body to an animal health lab in Fort Collins to be examined, CPW said. 

The girl was treated for a small puncture wound to her cheek and released from a…

Olivia Prentzel

2023-05-11 17:49:09

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