BAILEY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- An eight-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion in the Burland Ranchettes Subdivision of Bailey Wednesday evening and sustained serious injuries that caused the child to be hospitalized overnight.
The attack happened around 7:30 p.m. while the boy was playing in the yard with his brother outside their home.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers set a trap and a team of three dogs were brought in to try to locate the mountain lion. The dog team searched the area for roughly two hours but were unable to pick up a scent trail to track the animal.
Wildlife officers say they will be making every effort to locate the mountain lion from this attack. By policy, any wildlife attack on a human resulting in injury, that animal must be put down.
The brother ran inside the house and told the father that something did not sound right. The father rushed outside and found the mountain lion on top of his son. The mountain lion let go of the child as the father approached and took off running.
The description wildlife officers got was that it is of smaller size. It is not known at this time if it was a male or female.
Since 1990, there have been 22 mountain lion attacks on humans in Colorado with three of those resulting in a fatality (1991, 1997 and 1999).
There have been three attacks this year but the previous attack before this was in 2016.