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Children are easyprey in the wild

In the debate over how to manage predators, often overlooked is the fact that it is the youngest members of society who suffer most when animals lose their fear of people.

A 7-year-old boy survived a recent mountain lion attack in Colorado during a hike with his family. The lion bit down on the boy’s face as his family threw sticks and rocks at the animal. The lion finally ran off and was later shot by authorities. Fortunately the boy survived.

Elora Petrasek, 6, was not so lucky. After a black bear attacked her 2-year-old brother near a water hole in Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest, the young girl fled into the woods for safety. Her mother scared the bear off, but it ran into the woods after Elora. The toddler survived, but Elora was later found dead.