Hiker Mauled by Mountain Lion

Luckily, friends were able to chase the cat away

Outdoor Life Online Editor

The 15th mountain lion attack in California since 1890 occurred over the weekend. Shannon Parker, a 27-year-old Santa Monica resident, was hiking in the central part of the state when a cat ambushed her. The cougar tore into her leg causing deep lacerations and also attacked both of her eyes. On Sunday she was transferred to UCLA's Medical Center to undergo treatment.

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.