1 killed, 1 injured by mountain lion in first fatal attack in California in two decades

A mountain lion attacked two people Saturday in El Dorado County, killing one of them in what is believed to be the first such fatal incident in 20 years, authorities said.

“At 1:13 p.m., the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that two people had been attacked by a mountain lion,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “This happened in a remote part of El Dorado County, near Georgetown, California.

“Unfortunately, one person was fatally injured during the attack. The other person attacked was injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Further details were not immediately available and a spokesperson for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

However, the list of the Ministry of verified mountain lion attacks on humans says the last fatal attack in California occurred in January 2004 at Whiting Ranch Regional Park in Orange County.

Reports of the incident indicate that a 35-year-old cyclist named Mark Reynolds was killed after he stopped to repair his bicycle chain and was attacked.

The last deadly attack in Northern California occurred in the Auburn State Recreation Area in El Dorado County on April 23, 1994, when Barbara Schoener, 40, was attacked on the trails of Lake Auburn.

At the time, Schoener was the first person killed by a mountain lion in the state since 1909, The Bee previously reported.

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