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Blackfoot girl attacked by a Mountain Lion
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8/16/2016 10:20:46 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
"A 4-year-old girl who was snatched up by a mountain lion Friday night is recovering from the scary encounter and is no worse for the experience.
A resident of Blackfoot, Kelsi Butt, 4, was attacked by what the mother, Kera, termed an "amatuer (young) male."
Kera explained that the family (which included several cousins) had began to eat dinner when she saw a big cat near the campsite.
"Later, after the meal, we cleaned up and the children were playing around the campfire when it happened. Kelsi was in the tent when the animal attacked her."
The child was camping with her mother, siblings and cousins near Green Canyon Hot Springs east of Rexburg on Aug. 12.
The mother then took her 6-year-old child into the woods to use the restroom. That"s when everyone heard the younger child start to scream.
"She got out of the tent because she couldn"t find her shoe," Kera Butt said. "That"s when the mountain lion grabbed her and started carrying her away."
The girl"s mother chased the cougar and the cat released the child before running away.
Kera immediately tended to Kelsi"s wounds by applying antibiotic cream to the injuries. In the meantime, the cougar stayed nearby threatening the group. Dee Cannon got a gun in hopes of shooting the animal.
"We could see the cougar"s eyes. Grandpa was standing against his truck and only 30 feet away the cougar was prowling him. He was on the hunt. He wanted to kill something," Kera Butt said.
Read the entire article in the Aug. 15 edition of the Blackfoot Morning Nws
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That's truly sad, Hope she will get well soon .