Officials kill 2 mountain lions after 5-year-old attacked near Aspen

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Area where child was attacked by a mountain lion.

PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — A mountain lion attacked a 5-year-old boy Friday in Pitkin County, officials said.

The child was in fair condition at Aspen Valley Hospital on Friday night. The boy then was transferred to a Denver hospital. No additional details are being shared on the child’s condition.

The boy’s mother fought off the mountain lion and took her son for treatment, a spokesman at Aspen Valley Hospital said. She was being treated Friday night and was expected to be released.

The boy was attacked around 8 p.m. in Lower Woody Creek, a few miles north of Aspen. Officials caught and killed two mountain lions that were near the area where the boy was attacked. Examination on the lions are planned.

The last known lion attack on a human in Colorado was in July 2015 when a young lion attacked a fisherman along Coffee Pot Road, north of Dotsero. The man suffered minor injuries.