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SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- A Northern California
hiker attacked by a mountain lion last week was airlifted to a San Francisco
hospital Sunday, where he will likely undergo more surgery.


A spokesman for Mad River Community Hospital in
Arcata said doctors wanted to send 70-year-old Jim Hamm to a major research
hospital in San Francisco after they performed emergency surgery on his scalp
and downgraded his condition from fair to serious.


Hamm first underwent surgery Wednesday after a female
mountain lion ambushed him at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. He and his
wife, Nell, were hiking when the lion scalped him, mauled his face, ripped off
part of his lips and inflicted other puncture wounds and scratches. (Watch victim
describe how the lion wanted "to pin me down and start eating" Video)


Hamm is taking antibiotics to prevent infection,
but doctors remained concerned about bacteria entering his body from the cat's
claws and mouth.


"Infection -- that's our biggest concern,"
the spokesman said.


Hamm's wife, Nell, 65, smashed the cat in the snout
with a large branch and stabbed it with a pen to fend off the attack. After
the attack, game wardens closed the park and shot and killed a pair of lions.
Researches identified the female as the attacker.




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