Search Called Off for Mountain Lion that Attacked Marin Man

After a week and a half of tracking, officials halted the hunt for a mountain lion in Nevada County.

The Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday called off the search for a mountain lion that attacked a Marin County man who was camping in Nevada County on July 1.

The 63-year-old man was asleep in a sleeping bag on a sandbar along Shady Creek, a tributary of the Yuba River,  

The man suffered wounds to his scalp, head, wrist and armpit, and scratches on his back, Department of Fish and Game spokesman Patrick Foy said. He was treated at a hospital and released later that day.

After the attack, which lasted up to two minutes, the lion stared at the man for a short time then ran off, Foy said.

DNA taken from a saliva sample found on the man's shirt indicated that it was a female lion that attacked the man. Trackers and dogs never picked up the lion's scent, and several days passed in which no fresh tracks or prey were discovered, DFG spokesman Michael Taugher said.

Cameras placed along trails in the area didn't show the lion passing through, and the search ended Tuesday morning.

Foy said the Marin man who was attacked has not yet agreed to give interviews to the media about the incident. The man asked that his name and hometown not be released.

— Bay City News Service

Cindy July 12, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Could you have picked a more vicious looking photo of a mountain lion? They are not our enemies, they keep the deer population down, they are not "out to get us". We just need to use common sense (not easily found in humans today) when we are in their territory and I do mean their territory. Chances are good that this female lion that scratched this man had a cub or cubs and was sending a clear message that this was her territory and she was protecting her offspring. I have seen mountain lions in Novato, we just need to learn how to coexist without being alarmist!
Kelli July 12, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I agree with Cindy. Clearly the man was in the lion's territory and way off the beaten path of humans. Even so, these lions need to be respected if seen on Mt. Burdell or other areas where humans bike, hike, etc. They are just trying to survive.


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