PERRIS, Calif. - A 50-year-old homeless man is recovering in a hospital after allegedly being attacked by a mountain lion in Perris over the weekend, officials said.
Officials say the man was taken to a nearby hospital Saturday morning with injuries consistent with a mountain lion attack.
He had surgery Saturday night and his condition is unknown, officials said.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officers and biologists responded to the area and were unable to locate the lion. Baited traps have been set in an effort to capture the lion and officers are on scene.
DNA samples were collected from the victim to match with the lion if it is captured. If the animal is found it will be destroyed in the interest of public safety, officials said.
The attack happened off of Highway 74 west of the 215 freeway.
If confirmed, this will be the fifteenth verified lion attack on humans in California since 1986. The last fatal attack was in Jan. 2004 at Whiting Ranch Regional Park in Orange County. A 63-year-old man survived a lion attack in July 2012 in Nevada County.