Forum
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...

Big Bend lion attack

14ers in California and Washington state or any other peak in the USA
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat May 01, 2010 8:50 pm

Big Bend lion attack

Postby Beto » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:23 pm

Scary for those of us who have walked with 6 yr olds to the same destination.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

6-year-old Leander boy suffers facial cuts in mountain lion attack at Big Bend National Park

By Mike Perry, Alpine Daily Planet

A 6-year-old Leander boy was injured in one of two mountain lion incidents reported in Big Bend National Park on Sunday involving a young, small, hungry lion.

No one was injured in the first incident Sunday afternoon but the boy, Rivers Hobbs, son of Jason Hobbs, suffered cuts and abrasions to his face in the second incident that occurred Sunday evening as the Hobbs family -- husband, wife and two young boys -- were walking to the restaurant in the Chisos Basin.

Rivers Hobbs was treated Sunday at Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine Sunday evening, and he returned to the hospital Monday afternoon for precautionary shots.

"I couldn't tell how big [it was]," Jason Hobbs said. "We heard something in the bushes along the side of the building and I shined my flashlight over that way. Then it lunged and grabbed ahold of Rivers by the face. ... The [mountain lion] had a face about the size of a melon, larger than a grapefruit."

The elder Rivers tried to pull the mountain lion off of Rivers. When that wouldn't work, he pulled out his pocket knife and stabbed the lion, which immediately let go of the boy and ran off.

I talked to Jason and Rivers Hobbs at Big Bend Regional about 2 p.m. Monday. Rivers seemed in good spirits and talkative about his ordeal.

The Hobbs family is from Leander and they were in the Big Bend on vacation.

"We'd planned to go on to Carlsbad later, but I think we'll just head home," Jason Hobbs said.

Sunday morning, on the Windows Trail in the Chisos Basin area, a lion tried to go after an 8-year-old, who was hiking with family. The Windows Trail is one of the park’s more popular trails and starts in the general area of the general store in the Chisos Basin.

The family reported that they tried yelling and tossing rocks at the small lion to no avail. The mom pushed her backpack at the lion, which grabbed the backpack and then took off.

Monday, a large force of park rangers and trackers with dogs are up in the Basin, trying to find the lion.

The Windows Trail, Windows View Trail, Pinnacles Trail, and the trails to and from the Basin Campground and the Basin are all closed.

Because of drought conditions, which have plagued the Big Bend area for the past 18 months, it seems that more sightings of big wild animals have been reported as they find their normal sources of food dying off or moving to other areas.

Park officials estimate there are probably 20 to 30 mountain lions living in Big Bend National Park. We usually have a hundred or so sightings a year, a ranger said. The lions each usually stake out a territory. One ranger speculated that the small lion involved in the two attacks -- they are pretty sure it's the same lion -- is a youngster just learning how to hunt.

Officials said there are a few things to remember if you encounter a wild animal, such as a mountain lion, in the park:
•Don't run. If you run, that simply encourages the animal to chase and attack you.
•Do not cower. Be as big as you can.
•Make noise, throw rocks.

Once the report was received, park rangers closed the high Chisos Mountain trails into the area at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday and began patrols for the animal. Additional park personnel began patrols to notify trail users of the closure and to evacuate the area. A trained, professional dog team has been summoned to the park to help track the lion; however, at this time the lion has not been located.

Trail and campsite closures include the Window Trail, which is closed until further notice; the Pinnacles, Boulder Meadow, and Juniper Flat campsites of the Chisos Mountains are closed until further notice. Children are not advised to hike in the Chisos Mountains at this time and visitors should check on trail closures, which may change.

The trails and campsites listed will remain closed until further notice. For updates or additional information, please call the park at 432-477-1107.

User avatar
Posts: 3091
Joined: Thu Aug 17, 2006 5:04 pm
Location: Tabernash, CO

Re: Big Bend lion attack

Postby MtHurd » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:27 pm

Please, no one go to Big Bend National Park, it's too dangerous. Let me go check it out first and I'll let you know if it is safe. :D

Posts: 19
Joined: Sat May 01, 2010 8:50 pm

Re: Big Bend lion attack

Postby Beto » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:36 pm

Barry Raven wrote:Please, no one go to Big Bend National Park, it's too dangerous. Let me go check it out first and I'll let you know if it is safe. :D


Luckily, Spring Break is approaching. So the park should be empty for quite awhile.

User avatar
Posts: 1719
Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:47 pm
Location: St. Louis, MO

Re: Big Bend lion attack

Postby highpilgrim » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:46 pm

Barry Raven wrote:Please, no one go to Big Bend National Park, it's too dangerous. Let me go check it out first and I'll let you know if it is safe. :D


:D The lions are breeding out of control. It will be a bloodbath if you go there. Not to mention the bears.

A beautiful place, Big Bend. This view from the south rim is from my cell. I'll post a larger one tomorrow.

bb.jpg
bb.jpg (5.57 KiB) Viewed 2342 times
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
Hunter S Thompson

User avatar
Posts: 1719
Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:47 pm
Location: St. Louis, MO

Re: Big Bend lion attack

Postby highpilgrim » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:26 pm

A larger version of Big Bend looking south from the Chisos Mountains across the Rio Grande into Mexico with Elephant Tusk left of center. Awesome place!

south rim.jpg
south rim.jpg (294.29 KiB) Viewed 1685 times
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
Hunter S Thompson


Posts: 2052
Joined: Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:19 pm

Re: Big Bend lion attack

Postby peter303 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:34 pm

I recall the three current-era Colorado fatalities were (1) high school kid jogging in Idaho Springs foothills, (2) kid hiking with parents on west side of Rocky National Park and (3) another kid hiking with his family in north Colorado. They seem to like to go after separated children.

User avatar
Posts: 1401
Joined: Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:15 am
Location: Edwards, CO

Re: Big Bend lion attack

Postby Mel McKinney » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:57 pm

"We'd planned to go on to Carlsbad later, but I think we'll just head home," Jason Hobbs said.

Probably a good idea in the meantime. :shock:

Seriously though. How scary for these children. Way to go parents on fighting back. There have been some scary, crazy mtn lion stories on this site in years past. Some close calls.
Mountains cast spells on me - Why, because of the way Earth-heaps lie, should I be Chocked by joy mysteriously; stilled or drunken-gay? Why should a brown hill trail Tug at my feet to go? Why should a boggy swale Tune my heart to a nameless tale Mountain marshes know?
--- Belle Turnbull ("Mountain-Mad")

"Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn't be done."
---Sam Ewing

User avatar
Posts: 3091
Joined: Thu Aug 17, 2006 5:04 pm
Location: Tabernash, CO

Re: Big Bend lion attack

Postby MtHurd » Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:36 pm

Found this pic of the 5th class North Mule Ear in BBNP.

Image

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests