Park evacuated after mountain lion attacks boy

LAKE FOREST, California -- A mountain lion that attacked a 3-year-old boy at a California park was found and euthanized, officials said.

The boy was rushed to a hospital after the incident at a wilderness park in Trabuco Canyon, a small community southeast of Los Angeles, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

A family of six was walking in the park when the mountain lion attacked and grabbed the child by the neck, officials said. The family's father threw a backpack at the animal and it let the boy go and instead, grabbed the bag and jumped into a tree.

Law enforcement responded and found the animal in the tree. Because of what was considered a threat to public safety, the animal was killed.

The child was last listed in stable condition.

During the search, sheriff's deputies evacuated the park with assistance from a helicopter.
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