The fact that mountain lion attacks in humans are very rare is not quieting all the fears of folks eager to get outside this weekend and hike parts of California.
Necropsy results on the latest big cat to corner a human are not yet complete, but experts have some insight into what may have happened.
“Deer are the primary prey for mountain lions. Generally, mountain lions do not look at humans as potential prey,” said California Fish and Game warden Mark Michilizzi.
But, that does seems to be what a young adult mountain lion was doing last Saturday along Stevens trial in Colfax when a helicopter had to scare the big female cat away from a too-close of an encounter with a hiker.
Experts say it may have been testing it’s hunting territory and trying to learn what counted as food in the area.
“Generally, people would not see a mountain lion. It was stalking a man and then stalking the officer that returned to the scene the very next day,” said Michilizzi.
That officer killed the lion.
The necropsy will be able to tell wildlife officers if the big cat in question had any illness affecting its brain and the last time it had eaten before Saturday’s incident.