Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Family of girl attacked by mountain lion: ‘She could have been gone’

REXBURG — A four-year-old girl who was snatched up by a mountain lion Friday night is recovering from the scary encounter, according to her grandfather. “She is doing fine,” Jim Sevy told “Her great-grandpa gave her a priesthood blessing and told her she will have stories to tell.” The child was camping with her mother, siblings and cousins near Green Canyon Hot Springs east of Rexburg on Aug. 12. Sevy said as the family was eating dinner, the girl’s mother thought she spotted a big cat out of the corner of her eye. “Nobody else thought much of it and, a short time later, her mom went to put the four-year-old in the tent for a nap,” Sevy says. The mother then took her six-year-old child into the woods to use the restroom, according to Sevy. That’s when everyone heard the younger child start to scream. “She got out of the tent because she couldn’t find her shoe,” Sevy said. “That’s when the mountain lion grabbed her and started carrying her away.” The girl’s mother chased the cougar and the cat released the child before running away. The young girl was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with some scratches and bite marks on her stomach and arm. “She is getting rabies shots and injections in her puncture wounds,” Sevy said. “She should be okay.”...more

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