Mountain Lion Attack in Big Bend National Park
Contact: David Elkowitz, 432-477-2802
A female hiker was injured by a mountain lion while hiking in a remote area of Big Bend National Park on Friday, November 23. Andrea Pinero Cebrian and her companions were exploring the Mesa de Anguila near Lajitas when she was attacked. Cebrian was treated by Terlingua Medics and her injuries are not considered to be life threatening. The Mesa de Anguila has been closed to all visitors while rangers and park biologists investigate and patrol in search of the mountain lion.
Park Superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones noted "Visitor safety is our main concern here in Big Bend and we will monitor and close the Mesa until we deem it safe for visitors."For updates or additional information please call the park at 432-477-2802.
Did You Know?
In 1535, prior to settlement, the Spanish adventurer Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca is credited with being the first European to visit the Big Bend Country. The Spanish had a name for such an area - despoblado, or unpopulated land. More...