Mountain lion attacks are very rare, but they do happen. A 63-year-old man camping by a Yuba River tributary in Nevada County was awoken by a puma in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to the Department of Fish and Game.
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He then drove himself to a hospital in Grass Valley where he was released after being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities continued searching for the animal on Monday, but besides tracks and the remains of a domestic cat presumed to be killed by a mountain lion, no capture or sighting was reported.
This was the 15th confirmed mountain lion attack, six of which that were fatal, since 1890 in California. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, there are an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 mountain lions, known for their elusive nature, currently living in the state.