GRAND LAKE, Colo. — As his family watched in horror, a 10-year-old boy was dragged away by a mountain lion who attacked and killed him as the group returned from a hike in a national park.
Mark Miedema was hiking several minutes ahead of his parents and 6-year-old sister Thursday in Rocky Mountain National Park, spokesman Doug Caldwell said.
"What we think may have happened--and this is pure theory--is that unfortunately Mark came along . . . when the lion was in a hunting mode," Caldwell said.
Mark's parents, Kathy and David Miedema, were able to scare the 88-pound mountain lion away, and Kathy Miedema--a registered nurse--tried to revive her son. A fellow hiker was able to call for help, but rescue efforts failed. The lion, a female without cubs, eventually was tracked down and killed.