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Did a Mountain Lion Attack a Homeless Man in Perris?

The victim isn't sure how he was injured, but authorities believe a cougar is to blame.

Authorities believe a mountain lion attacked a homeless man in Perris today. Patch file photo
Authorities believe a mountain lion attacked a homeless man in Perris today. Patch file photo

A homeless man was hospitalized today with critical injuries that authorities believe were inflicted during a mountain lion attack in an encampment in Perris, according to a published report.

Dan Sforza, assistant chief of the Southern Enforcement District for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise the man's injuries were consistent with a mountain lion attack.

The injured man could not tell investigators what attacked him, Sforza told the newspaper.

The man is expected to survive, according to the Press-Enterprise report.

--City News Service

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Thjomas (TJ) G Elsbury February 03, 2014 at 12:03 AM
Guess what, beginning way back in the late seventies the Ca. Fish & Wildlife began overharvesting the deer in our local mountains by hunting them during their breeding cycle when they have their survival instinct short-circuited by sex. Several years earlier they protected mountain lions and the statewide population is now roughly 10 times as large as it was before they were protected. Therefore lions in the eighties began hunting coyotes when deer began to get scares. Next coyotes that survived lion attacks then moved into the valleys to live near man for protection. Next coyotes began attacking children. Now lions, searching for food, are following the coyotes into the valleys. Then "Low and behold" when getting to the Perris area they found burros in the Richie Canyon hills to the east and deer in the hills to the west neither of which the F&W could sell tags for. With the deer and burros fast disappearing, not because being overharvested by hunters as they were in the mountains, but by lions, it was only a matter of time until lions put man on their menu.
Don Lambert February 03, 2014 at 01:36 AM
"The apparent mauling of a homeless man by a mountain lion in suburban Perris left him with bites and cuts so severe he won't be able to talk with wildlife authorities about his ordeal for several days, a spokesman said today." .......................... From a newer article in Patch on Sunday
Thjomas (TJ) G Elsbury February 03, 2014 at 05:25 PM
I can not believe that so many people believe this man is somehow responsible for his being attacked. He is no more responsible for being attacked then are the 36 small children attacked by Coyotes in Los Angeles. The Ca. F&W are responsible for all 37 attacks. And as such they should have to make restitution to all 37 victims and their families. Their thirst for money caused them. Wildlife Biologist TJ Elsbury

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