Mountain Lion Attacks Teenager And Her Dog In Reno

Not the mountain lion from the story. (Credit: Shutterstock/moosehenderson)

Melanie Wilcox Contributor
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A mountain lion attacked a 14-year-old girl Nov. 10 while she was walking her dog in South Reno, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), The Sacramento Bee reported.

The incident occurred in the foothills of South Reno on Terry Way, according to NDOW, The Sacramento Bee reported. While the girl has scratches, both she and the dog are safe. It’s unclear what exactly provoked the attack. (RELATED: REPORT: Mountain Lion Stalks Little Kids, Dog Sacrifices Its Life While Family Watches From Inside)

“It happened in a neighborhood that’s pretty populated,” Ashley Sanchez, a public information officer for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, told Newsweek. “Mountain lions are so elusive, it’s rare to see them, let alone be approached by them.”

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Wildlife Services tracked down and euthanized the lion.

People have been seeing more mountain lions in the area, according to the NDOW, so they recommend taking the following measures, which includes removing anything that might attract deer or other prey animals, discouraging deer from being present in your yard, installing devices such as sprinkler to scare away lions, and to closely supervise children when they’re outside.