Boy attacked by mountain lion ‘doing better,’ family says

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AURORA, Colo. -- A 5-year-old boy attacked by mountain lion last week near Aspen is "doing better," according to a statement from the family. The boy’s mother fought off the mountain lion and took her son for treatment.

The child has been transferred to Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora.

"Thank you for your concern. Our son is doing better. Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time," the family said in a statement from the hospital.

No further updates on the boy's condition are expected.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said it caught and killed two mountain lions that were near the area where the boy was attacked. A necropsy confirmed one of the lions attacked the boy.

The lions were estimated be between 7 and 9 months old, each weighing 40 pounds. Officials said they were in good overall condition and tested negative for plague and rabies.

"We acted out of an abundance of caution when we made the decision to kill the second lion," CPW Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde said. "These two cats were traveling together and learning to hunt and survive together, and one of them attacked a child. We are not going to take chances in a situation like this. It is the right decision."

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.

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