Mountain lion kills man and injures his brother in California

A mountain lion (stock image) (AP)
A mountain lion (stock image) (AP)

A mountain lion in northern California killed one man and left another with “traumatic injuries” while the two were out hunting for shed antlers.An 18-year-old man called the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office Saturday afternoon, reporting that he and his 21-year-old brother were attacked by a mountain lion in a remote part of the county.

The office said in a news release that the attack was near Georgetown, a small, historic town about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Sacramento.

Deputies arrived around 1.30pm to find the younger brother with "traumatic injuries" to his face. Minutes later, deputies saw a crouched mountain lion next to the older brother on the ground, according to the statement.They fired their guns and scared off the mountain lion, but the older brother was deceased.Wardens with California's Department of Fish and Wildlife are searching for the mountain lion. Mountain lions have attacked humans previously, but the last fatal encounter was in 2004 in Orange County, according to a verified list kept by the fish and wildlife department.

Additional reporting by AP.