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Pico Canyon Park closed after mountain lion attack on 7-year-old boy

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Pico Canyon Park in Stevenson Ranch has been closed indefinitely as wildlife authorities track a mountain lion that reportedly bit a 7-year-old boy, state wildlife officials said Tuesday.

The boy and his father were walking up stairs within the 21-acre park around 7 p.m. Monday when a mountain lion emerged from brush and bit the boy in the buttock, according to Capt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The father, who was walking behind, heard his son shout in pain and charged toward the mountain lion, which fled.

“The dad closed in on the lion, and the lion retreated back into the brush,” Foy said.

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