Appalachian Trail hiker attacked by animal near Waynesboro

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — According to 8News affiliate WHSV, a mountain lion attack was reported along the Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia Friday.

The attack occurred near Humpback Rock in Augusta County, south of Waynesboro, Friday afternoon, according to Augusta County Emergency Communications.

A 911 operator told WHSV that the Blue Ridge Parkway Police called in the request for help from the picnic area of Humpback Rock. The station said they were still waiting to hear back from the police department about what happened.

The attack occurred along the Appalachian Trail about 30 minutes from Humpback Rock. The man involved in the attack is being treated and is in stable condition.

It is still unclear what exactly attacked him.

According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, “since 1970, 121 sightings have been identified as possible mountain lions but have not been officially confirmed. Most sightings occurred in Shenandoah National Park and in the nearby Bedford, Amherst and Nelson County regions.”Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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