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Dog Attacked By Mountain Lion Is Recovering After Attack Near Big Bar

A dog that saved her Trinity County owner from a Mountain Lion is expected to survive, and a GoFundMe page has far exceeded its goal to help with vet bills. Monday afternoon Erin Wilson was driving on Highway 299 and stopped at a picnic area near Big Bar to take her dog Eva for a walk. The 2-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois was on the path a little bit ahead of Wilson when she noticed movement next to her as the Mountain Lion swiped across her left shoulder, scratching her. She screamed and Eva ran back and took on the Lion. The Lion bit the dog’s head and would not let go as Wilson threw rocks, tried to tug them apart and even tried to gouge the Lion’s eyes. She ran back to the road and flagged down another woman who had a can of pepper spray, which they sprayed in the Lion’s face. It didn’t work and the Lion was trying to drag Eva into the bushes. Finally they used a piece of PVC pipe and hit the Lion with it until it let go and ran away. Eva has two skull fractures, a punctured sinus cavity and severe swelling. Wilson had a goal of raising $7,500 through GoFundMe. As of Thursday morning it’s already at more than $28,000.