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  • Cougar sought in attack no longer being tracked

  • California wildlife authorities said Wednesday they have suspended their search for a female cougar that attacked and injured a sleeping Marin County man camping in Nevada County in eastern California on July 1.
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  • California wildlife authorities said Wednesday they have suspended their search for a female cougar that attacked and injured a sleeping Marin County man camping in Nevada County in eastern California on July 1.
    Attempts to find the cougar with tracking hounds for the past week failed, despite finding fresh cougar tracks in the vicinity two days after the late-night attack, according to the California Department of Fish and Game.
    The unidentified victim was alone and in a sleeping bag under the stars early on a Sunday morning when he awoke to what felt like swats from a large paw on his head.
    In the ensuing 90 seconds, the animal bit and scratched the man through the sleeping bag before it stopped, ambled 20 feet away and stared at him for another 30 seconds before wandering off, according to California game wardens.
    The man sustained severe bites and scratches to his scalp, back, left arm and armpit.
    DFG wildlife forensics scientists extracted DNA from saliva from the armpit area of his shirt, and an analysis proved it was from a female cougar, according to the DFG.
    It was the 13th confirmed cougar attack on a person in California over the past 27 years. Oregon has not had a confirmed injury or death from cougar attack in more than 100 years.
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