Father Saves 6-Year-Old Son by Stabbing Mountain Lion in the Chest With His Pocket Kn

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Leander Boy Attacked By Mountain Lion

A family vacation to west Texas included a frightening encounter with a mountain lion for a Leander couple and their 6-year-old son.
The 17 stitches on the right side of Rivers Hobbs' face may be out by next week, but the memory of what caused the injury will not soon fade away.
“It sneaked up on me,” said Hobbs.
The 6-year-old was attacked Sunday, by a mountain lion, at Big Bend National Park. He and his parents were on a walkway near the main lodge heading to their room when the mountain lion attacked.
“No, not that bad,” said Hobbs, when asked if the attack hurt.
The family is expected to return to their Leander home Wednesday evening. Once back home, Hobbs will have to go though a series of rabies shots.
Next door neighbor, Jessie Brannon, knew the family was on a trip, but didn't know about the attack.
“Just at the wrong time when he's starting school and everything, I'm really sorry about that, people should be very careful in those parks," said Brannon.
Earlier in the day, the mountain lion attacked another family, who say Hobbs’ parents and warned them of the danger.
FOX 7 spoke to Kristi Harris, the mother of the 6-year-old, by phone. Harris said they decided against camping out because of what the other family told them. After eating at the main lodge they walked to their room, when the cat literally pulled her son from her hands.
"This cat ran in front of me, had to cross in front of me and grab my son and dragged me and my son away from where we were walking. I still had him by the hand for a good while and then the animal gave a huge jerk and pulled him to the ground and took him by the face,” said Harris.
Hobbs was saved by his dad.
"The cat was clamped onto his face, I reached down and got my pocket knife out and stabbed the cat in the chest and it let go at that point,” said Jason Hobbs.
The experience will not keep the family from venturing out doors again, but Hobbs’ parents say their walks, in the future, will be much more guarded.
 

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This is why you should always carry a knife--:)


Seriously, this dad did what one would assume all parents would do in a similar situation, but we hear more times than not, that other person or persons just stood there screaming--

Good job dad--

You and your son have a bond that will never be broken-This son will think highly of his father until the day the son dies--
 

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Great story. I think that people should be able to carry a sidearm LEGALLY in these parks.
 

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Great story. I think that people should be able to carry a sidearm LEGALLY in these parks.

One of the first things our current Governor did when he was elected almost 8 years ago, was make it legal for a CCW permit holder to carry a weapon within out state parks--

We do not have Mt Lions here, but we have crack heads, tweakers and rapist---

It is highly unusual for a Mt Lion to attack a group of humans, and really unusual for the lion to not let go and actually fight over the human--usually once they realize things are not going as intended, they get out of dodge--

This dad is beyond a hero---I applaud him for showing what a real dad is suppose to do---

All of you wannabe dads out there, take notice--

A real man will fight to the death for his kids---he will swim the widest river, climb the highest mountain--

This father is the real deal!
 

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It's now legal to carry in National Parks if you have a CCW Permit and that also includes State Parks such as Wildlife Areas if I'm not mistaken. We have Mountain Lions here in Missouri and I've found tracks just across the road from my house. My wife said that she heard on the news recently that they may make it legal to shoot them because of the fast increasing numbers with likewise increasing problems. I've been eyeball to eyeball with one at less than 15' and no it wasn't in a zoo! Let me tell you, they are far from cuddly Disney charectors! I never walk out my door unarmed.
 

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