Six-year-old Rivers Hobbs is now recovering from injuries he sustained after he was attacked by a mountain in the Big Bend National Park in West Texas. The boy was walking with three other people when the animal sneaked up on him and clamped his face. The animal is still on the loose.
We weren't on a trail or down in the woods we were on a sidewalk between the restaurant and hotel, the boy's father, Jason, told CBS 7. It had a hold of his face...the cat was clamped on his face. I reached down and got my knife out and stabbed the cat in the chest and it let go at that point.
The family had driven from Austin to enjoy the park.
Park spokesman David Elkowitz told MSNBC that the boy was treated for puncture wounds and scratches and released from a hospital in Alpine.
Officials at Big Bend National Park are still looking for the mountain lion.
Rangers reportedly evacuated the trails and campsites early Monday, and closed areas such as the Chisos Basin, Window Trail, the Pinnacles, Boulder Meadow and Juniper Flats.