A 6-year-old boy is recovering from a mountain lion attack that left him with scrapes and puncture wounds to his face.
Rivers Hobbs was walking with his family on a sidewalk between a restaurant and Chisos Mountain Lodge, where the family was staying in Big Bend National Park in west Texas, when the a mountain lion attacked him and clawed at his face.
“It had a hold of his face. The cat was clamped on his face,” Jason Hobbs, Rivers’ father, told KOSA-TV. “[I] reached down and got my knife out and stabbed the cat in the chest and let it go at that point.”
A representative from the Big Bend National Park said it was the second attack of the day, but in the other incident the people were able to drive off the mountain lion by hitting it with a backpack.
“From the description, it’s small and haggard looking,” park spokesman David Elkowitz told the Houston Chronicle. “It would appear to be a young lion.”
Park officials are still looking for the mountain lion.