Mother fights off mountain lion after it attacks son in Colorado

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(CNN) — A 5-year-old boy is recovering in a Denver hospital after being attacked by a mountain lion, an official said.

The attack happened Friday night in Lower Woody Creek, according to Ginny Dyche, a representative of the Aspen Valley Hospital.

The boy’s mother fought off the animal and brought him to the hospital, Dyche said

After initial treatment in Aspen, the boy was transferred to Children’s Hospital in Denver. He’s in fair condition while his mother has been treated and released.

The boy and his mother have not been identified and there’s no word on what kind of injuries they suffered.

There’s also no information on what happened to the mountain lion, which is also known as a puma, cougar or panther.

Though mountain lions are not uncommon in Colorado, sightings are rare.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife website gives residents tips on what do if encountering a mountain lion, including fighting back if attacked.

“People have fought back with rocks, sticks, caps or jackets, garden tools and their bare hands successfully,” the website says.

“Lion attacks on people are rare, with fewer than a dozen fatalities in North America in more than 100 years,” the Colorado Parks and Wildlife says.