Search ends for mountain lion |

Search ends for mountain lion

Tribune staff report

The Department of Fish and Game called off the search on Tuesday for the mountain lion that attacked and injured a camper in Nevada County.

The 63-year-old man was camping along Shady Creek northwest of Nevada City on July 1 when he was attacked and bitten by a lion. According to a DFG press release, scientists determined that that big cat was a female by extracting DNA from saliva on the man’s shirt.

DFG-led teams used trackers, dogs and trail cameras to search for the cougar, but failed to pick up her scent.

And although the search parties did manage to tree one lion, they let it go once they determined it was a male.

According to the release, this attack is the 15th confirmed mountain lion attack in California since 1890.

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