DNA is a Match in Fatal Mountain Lion Attack in El Dorado County

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed that the mountain lion euthanized in a remote area near Georgetown was the same animal involved in a fatal attack earlier in the day.

CDFW’s Wildlife Forensics Laboratory matched DNA samples collected from the scene with samples taken from the lion carcass. The male mountain lion, weighing approximately 90 pounds and appearing healthy, was identified as the culprit in the tragic incident.

The incident occurred on March 23, 2024, when CDFW wildlife officers responded to a mountain lion attack involving 18 and 21-year-old brothers who were antler shed hunting near Georgetown in El Dorado County. The younger brother sustained injuries and called 911, while the older brother was pronounced dead at the scene. In the interest of public safety, CDFW authorized a professional trapper to locate and euthanize the mountain lion within hours of the attack.

“First and foremost, our hearts go out to the families and loved ones affected by this tragic incident. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham.

While mountain lion encounters are uncommon in California, most of the state offers suitable habitat for these animals. However, this incident marks the first confirmed fatality from a mountain lion attack in California since 2004.

CDFW will continue to work closely with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office to complete standard pathology assessments of the lion. Forensic scientists will analyze necropsy results to determine if there were any underlying health conditions related to the specific animal involved in the attack.

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