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Kelsi Butt: Mountain Lion Grabs 4-Year-Old Girl, Then Drops Her

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Kelsi Butt's "battle wounds." (Screengrab of video post)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016 08:24 AM

Kelsi Butt's mountain lion attack is something her family will always remember about their camping trip to Green Canyon Hot Springs in Idaho. The four-year-old girl survived with bites and scratches after relatives came to her rescue.

According to East Idaho News.com, the family was camping about 9 p.m. last Friday when several of the children went off the play at a nearby creek. Kera Butt, the girl's mother, said she saw the cat earlier but family didn't believe her.

"As they were walking, the 10-year-old cousin screamed, 'I see it,'" said Kera Butt. "I knew she saw the mountain lion but I didn't know it was attacking Kelsi."

The mountain lion had already grabbed the four-year-old when the first adult arrived. Kera Butt said she and another adult relative both charged the cat.

"The cat bit Kelsi on the side and tried to pick her up and drag her a little bit," Kera Buttsaid. "It didn't have a good hold so it put its paws on her to get a better grip."

The mountain lion, though, dropped Kelsi Butt and ran off after the adults approached. The crying girl told her mother "she hurt everywhere."

Gregg Losinski, regional conservation educator of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said the family took Kelsi Butt to the Eastern Idaho Medical Center in Idaho Falls to be examined.

Losinski said conservation officer Andrew Sorensen enlisted the aid of local hound hunter Mike Pimentel to track the mountain lion.

"At 2 a.m. on the morning of the (Aug. 13), a young female lion was treed by the hounds a few hundred yards from the camp," Losinski said. "The cat was dispatched by deputies from the Madison County Sheriff's office. Other campers in the area were notified of the ongoing situation."

"Cougar sightings are rare, let alone attacks on humans. When lions do attack, records indicate that small children are often the targets. This family showed how vigilance and quick thinking can help avert a tragedy," said Losinski.

Kera Butt told East Idaho News.com that her daughter is expected to "make a full recovery" and attended church Sunday to show "her battle wounds" to her friends.

"The reason we are so calm is because we still have her and we are grateful," said Kera Butt. "She was protected and the reason we're not freaking out is because she's still here with us."

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Kelsi Butt's mountain lion attack is something her family will always remember about their camping trip to Green Canyon Hot Springs in Idaho. The four-year-old girl survived with bites and scratches after relatives came to her rescue.
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