CUPERTINO, Calif. - Three days after a young girl was attacked by a mountain lion at Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve, California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials captured the feline.
The female lion was found on Wednesday afternoon in a tree in the preserve, located near Los Altos, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
The mountain lion, estimated 60-70 lbs. and 2-4 years old, was sedated and a DNA sample was sent to a forensic laboratory for analysis.
The genetic sample matched those taken from the 6-year-old injured in Sunday's attack.
After the animal was confirmed to be the one involved in the attack, it was humanely euthanized, officials said.
The child was walking with family members on Wildcat Loop Trail around 10 a.m. on Sunday when they encountered the feline. One of the adults was able to push the mountain lion, which then retreated.
The girl suffered only minor injuries to her calf and is expcted to recover.