The attack happened around 7 p.m. while Parker was with three male friends. One of the friends was able to stab the lion and the others threw rocks at the animal until it ran away. The lion left a noticeable blood trail, because of the stab wound, which game wardens were able to easily track. Later officers from the U.S. Forest Service were able to shoot the cougar. The lion seemed skinny to officials, weighing only 70 pounds.