Press Release

New information on Mountain Lion attack east of Rexburg

The mountain lion believed to be responsible for attacking a four year-old girl near her family camp Friday evening east of Rexburg weighed approximately 90 pounds and turned out to be a young male rather than a young female as originally reported.  

While the cat appeared to be healthy, tests are being performed to check for any potential diseases.  Evidence at the scene indicates the lion put down by sheriff deputies was responsible for the attack.  However, biologists are collecting DNA samples to attempt confirmation.  

Initially it was thought that the child was taken to a hospital in Idaho Falls.  Instead, the child was taken to a nearby immediate care facility for treatment and was back in camp with her family the following day.