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Hunt continues for mountain lion that mauled sleeping hiker

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Hunt continues for mountain lion that mauled sleeping hiker

The hunt continued Monday for a mountain lion that over the weekend mauled a sleeping hiker in the Sierra Nevada foothills northwest of Nevada City, Calif.

The victim, 63, was treated for puncture and scratch wounds and released from a Grass Valley hospital. It was only the 15th confirmed mountain lion attack on a human in California since 1890.

The Bay Area man, who asked authorities not to release his identity, was driving to a trail head for the start of a hiking trip when he decided to spend the night under the stars at a spot he knew on a tributary of the Yuba River. He unfurled his sleeping bag, fell asleep and woke up about 1 a.m. Sunday to the open jaws of a mountain lion.

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