Apparent mountain lion enters bedroom and snatches barking dog

19 April, 2017, 01:46 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • A mountain lion may have gotten away with a dog from the bedroom of a home in the unincorporated San Mateo County community of Pescadero

The Department of Fish and Wildlife were notified of the incident, the sheriff's office said.

Mountain lion sightings are not uncommon in San Mateo County where rural areas blend into neighborhoods.

The incident occurred around 3 a.m. Monday, KCBS reports.

At first, Fought thought the mountain lion was their bigger dog Leo, but Catalina says she knew something was wrong because of Lenore's bark.

The woman reported seeing "a shadow of an animal enter the room" from the French doors, take the dog from where it had been sleeping at the foot of the bed and walk out. In bucolic downtown Pescadero, the animal encounter perked up ears and evoked some alarm that a mountain lion would get so close to a human dwelling.

"The family is really shaken up by this", Sheriff's spokesman Detective Sal Zuno said, adding that none of the home's three residents were injured. "So this mountain lion picked up the scent of the dog and hunted it". The family said it worries that the mountain lion could return. And while it is in their nature to avoid humans, mountain lions will go after pets, livestock and, in rare cases, people.

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Department spokesman Andrew Hughan said a game warden was at the Pescadero site throughout Monday conducting an investigation and would be releasing the findings the following day. If a person encounters a mountain lion, they shouldn't run but face the animal and make noise while trying to appear larger by waving arms.

But Ms Fought and her daughter are astonished that a mountain lion could have been so bold.

Fought's bed is about a foot away from the back door.

It also warns against leaving pets and small children unattended, and recommends keeping pet food indoors.

When a California family left their door opened a crack to air out their bedroom, they said they never would have expected a mountain lion to take advantage of the easy access to their home.

"They prefer deer, but at the same time, they are predators and do hunt", he said.

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