A mountain lion attack on a 6-year-old boy in west Texas was thwarted by the boy’s father Sunday.
Rivers Hobbs was walking with his mom and dad on a sidewalk on Sunday between a restaurant and the Chisos Mountain Lodge in Big Bend National Park when the cougar crept up on him and lunged for his head.
“It had a hold of his face… the cat was clamped on his face,” his father, Jason Hobbs, told local CBS News.
“I reached down and got my pocket knife out and stabbed the cat in the chest and it let go at that point,” the brave pop said.
The boy received two large gashes and puncture wounds to his face from the attack. He was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Park officials described the mountain lion as “young and in bad shape.” There were reports the same cougar tried to attack another family earlier Sunday before being chased off when someone hit it with a backpack.
Hopefully wildlife officials can track down the mountain lion and kill the dangerous animal. The Hobbs and the other family are very fortunate the attacks were not worse.
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