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Search called off for mountain lion that attacked camper

4:44 PM, Jul 10, 2012   |    comments
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NEVADA COUNTY, CA - The Department of Fish and Game has officially called off the search for a mountain lion that attacked a camper near Nevada City in early July.

Read original story: Nevada Co. camper mauled by mountain lion 

The DFG analyzed saliva from the victims clothing to determine that it was a female mountain lion that attacked him.

They used trackers to follow fresh tracks and dogs to attempt to follow the mountain lion's scent.  The dogs were never able to pick up a strong scent and the trail of fresh tracks and recent prey failed to produce clues during the last several days.

A male mountain lion was trapped at one point but released when it was confirmed it was not the one that attacked the camper.

The search continued through Tuesday morning before it was called off.

According to the DFG, Mountain lion attacks in California are rare. This attack is just the 15th confirmed mountain lion to attack since 1890. A summary of previous mountain lion attacks in California can be found at:

 http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/issues/lion/attacks.html

For more information about how people and lions can coexist, please see:

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/lion.html
 

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