The mountain lion that attacked 6-year-old Rivers Hobbs in Big Bend National Park on Sunday did so on a sidewalk between a restaurant and the Chisos Mountain Lodge.
“It had a hold of his face… the cat was clamped on his face,” his father, Jason Hobbs, told CBS News.
“I reached down and got my pocket knife out and stabbed the cat in the chest and it let go at that point,” Hobbs said.
Rivers suffered two large gashes and puncture wounds to his face and was rushed to a hospital in Alpine.
A park employee told CBS News that the same tried to attack another family earlier that day, but ran off after someone hit it with a backpack.
The Hobbs family was fuming after the attack, claiming the lodge wasn’t doing enough to catch the cat.
“I heard them say right in front of me that they were not going to tell the other people at the lodge that there was an attack and the lion is still at large,” said Rivers’ mom, Kristi Harris.