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Homeless man 'lucky to be alive' after lion attack

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) -- State game wardens say a homeless man was repeatedly bitten and clawed by a mountain lion at a Southern California encampment, but is expected to survive.

The victim, who hasn't been identified, was recovering at a hospital Sunday after undergoing emergency surgery.

California Department of Fish and Game Lt. Patrick Foy says the man was camping near a highway west of Perris when he was mauled Saturday night.

Foy told the Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1k1Y4T3) the man didn't know what attacked him, but puncture wounds and cuts to his body indicate he was mauled by a big cat.

The attack prompted wardens to set up traps in the area. Foy said mountain lions typically return to the scene of a kill 24 to 48 hours later so they can continue feeding.

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