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I tried to get it in the eye: Boy, 8, mauled by mountain lion, fought it off with a stick

I tried to get it in the eye: Boy, 8, mauled by mountain lion, fought it off with a stick


A mountain lion attacked and injured an 8-year-old boy outside his rural Colorado home, prompting authorities to set traps and use search dogs to find the lion so they can kill it. (Aug. 22)

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A Colorado boy is recovering and now telling his heroic tale after he tried to fight off a mountain lion with a stick during an attack last month.
Pike Carlson, 8, of Bailey, was in a wooded area with his brother heading toward their neighbor’s house when the 65-pound mountain lion pounced, he told local TV stations.
“I was just punching, trying to grab anything that I can, like a stick,” Pike told KUSA-TV of the Aug. 21 attack. “I did find a stick and I tried to get it in the eye but soon the stick snapped.”
Pike and the animal rolled down a hill as his older brother ran back home to get their parents. Pike’s father, Ron Carlson, was quick to the scene.
“It was just chewing on him,” Carlson told KMGH-TV. “That’s the motion I picked up, and that made me snap.”
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Carlson had only a pocket knife, but luckily as he approached the animal mauling his son, the mountain lion let go.
“That parental instinct to protect your child kind of kicks in,” Carlson told KUSA-TV. “It never even entered my head that I was about to tangle with something that could kill me. All you know is you have to do something. It doesn’t matter what happens to you, you’ve got to protect your children.”
When Carlson grabbed his son, the boy’s entire face was bleeding, with his scalp opened in several places, Carlson said.
“It was something that no parent should ever see,” he told KUSA-TV.
Pike’s skull, jaw and orbital bone were cracked, and the boy needed more than 60 staples, KMGH-TV reported. He also is to have surgery on his eyelid.
The mountain lion that attacked Pike was euthanized a day later, state wildlife officials said. The animal and another mountain lion were spotted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials after they killed a domestic goat, the agency said. DNA testing later confirmed it was the same mountain lion that attacked the boy.
According to KDVR-TV, there have been 22 mountain lion attacks on people in Colorado since 1990, three of which were fatal.
As for Pike, he is in good spirits after the horrific encounter.
“The mountain lion is a cheater,” he told KUSA-TV. “No one try to wrestle a mountain lion. It is a cheater.”
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