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CDFW: No Mountain Lion Attack at Bogart Park

Rumors have been circulating this week about an attack on a woman in Cherry Valley's Bogart Park. Officials say those rumors are false.

Inside Bogart Park.  Banning-Beaumont Patch file photo by DeeAnn Bradley.
Inside Bogart Park. Banning-Beaumont Patch file photo by DeeAnn Bradley.
You may have come across some social media postings this week about an attack by a mountain lion at Bogart Park in Cherry Valley.

These reports seem to indicate that a woman was horseback riding in Cherry Valley on Monday in the park, when she was attacked by a mountain lion after falling off her horse.

Banning-Beaumont Patch reached out to local officials to see if these reports are true, but found no evidence as such.

According to officials at the Riverside County Regional Park & Open Space District, no one reported an attack.  Beaumont Police also checked their records, and had no record of any call to assist in the area.

"Parks has not received any reports about an incident like this in that area," County Spokesman Raymond Smith told Banning-Beaumont Patch via email Thursday evening.

Lt. Patrick Foy with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) said the rumors are definitely false.

"I can absolutely assure you that if there was a Mountain Lion attack on Monday, I would be well aware of it," he told Patch by phone Friday.

What's more, he said, that agency would investigate any sort of wildlife attack on a human, even if it wasn't a mountain lion.

"Go ahead and put the rumors to rest," he added. "It's not true."

As for another recently reported attack in Perris, Foy said the CDFW is still looking for the animal.

"We think it was a mountain lion attack," Foy told Patch, even though they haven't seen it, adding that "all the evidence" indicated the animal was a mountain lion.

Foy said the homeless man who was attacked is still hospitalized.

"He barely made it," Foy said.  "The doctor hasn't even allowed us to interview him because of his medical condition."



concerned citizen February 16, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Bogart Part is considered the mountains. Even the woman's friend said the story is false. Again, she didn't say she seen a lion, she said the lion attacked her. Guessing that you didn't go to school either. Either way, the lying woman got what she wanted, attention, and all of us gave it to her.
rubberband February 16, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Went to sleep and this thread got weirdly long.... the useful thing to take away from this story (or lack of story?) -----There are, in fact, mountain lions in "thar there hills and surrounding areas"........Mountain Lion= naturally bitey, big pointy, scary fast uber super cool sorta sexy bringer-of-death-or-at-least-massive-injuries ridiculously high jumper/leaper cat-from-hell apex predator... Humans: sorta spongey/squishy not good runners/jumpers/climbers, have no pointy teeth or claws and unless they have weapons (boom-boom thunder sticks they call "guns") they aren't too much of a fight usually, and most of them taste crappy due to poor diet/habits...Not that fun to chase/catch (not much sport in it, too easy...plus they scream a lot.) I give this woman no real attention, but learned A LOT more about mountain lions and how bad a$$ they are.....and that one could kill me so easily, so instantly, that maybe my proper way to view them is with respect, awe, and knowledge of what to do if I should encounter one....scream like a 8 year old girl at a slumber party, pee myself, and hope it finds me not worth it and saunters away.
rubberband February 16, 2014 at 02:30 PM
ATC is correct, and our local areas where we have lions are trying to provide water sources closer to where they live...not into populated areas....their usual watering spots were depleted due to drought....This keeps lions hydrated and people less likely to encounter them. (STILL pro-lion....) meow.
beaumontdave February 16, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Attention to the fact that cougars live around here is a good thing, the reminder to people hiking or riding on what to do and not do if they cross paths with one, rare as that may be. RB's statistics are what stick in my mind, an 18' vertical and 40' broad jump! A grown cougar can jump the average house in two easy hops, maybe one big leap, awesome!
Jeremiah February 16, 2014 at 02:32 PM
LOL!!! :-) No one does it like Rb!!! ****Jeremiah

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