Seaside boy ‘dive-bombed’ by mountain lion
SEASIDE — Drew Weil’s comment to his father was succinct and sensational.
“I just got attacked by a mountain lion!” the nine-year-old told his father, Joe Weil.
Drew had been walking around the next-door neighbor’s house at 1565 N. Wahanna Road when he came face to face with a mountain lion at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
The big cat leapt toward him, slobbering on his shorts and grazing his left leg with two teeth before it ran off.
Mountain lions – also called cougars, panthers, pumas or catamounts – roam through much of Oregon, but are rarely seen on the North Coast, said Herman Biederbeck, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist for the North Coast.
At this point, animal control officials have no plans to do anything about the mountain lion on Wahanna.
“A cougar is a game mammal, and it’s protected except during the authorized hunting season,” Biederbeck said. Mountain lions can be killed when they threaten humans or damage crops or livestock, Biederbeck said.
The Weils, who do not believe in guns, are re-evaluating those beliefs.
How can you "not believe" in guns? They do exist you know. Closing your eyes doesn't make them go away. But hey, looks like we have some new second amendment supporters here.
Several children had been hearing growls in the days leading up to the incident, Lena Weil said. Drew, who heard the mountain lion growl as it ran away, said it was “sortof like a puppy’s voice, but really dark and louder.”
So now we have a neighborhood that won't let kids play outside this summer because the animal is "protected" except during hunting season. Apparently no one told the cougar that children can only be hunted during the school year and you needed a human child tag from ODFW to legally take one.
I love how government official's solution to this is "don't act like a deer" and say that the animal was "probably running away." I say it's time for this neighborhood to get the dogs and the guns, form a posse and protect their children.