Marauding mountain lion snatches family dog

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
Mountain lion may have taken dog from home
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19 April, 2017

Fought's daughter said she heard Lenora let out a bark she had never heard before from the dog.

"As soon as I saw it walk out, I said, 'That's a lion, '" said homeowner Victoria Fought.

The woman and her child were sleeping in her bedroom at about 3 a.m., when her 15-pound Portuguese Podengo, which was just feet away from them, suddenly started barking aggressively, according to Det.

The woman, who was in a bit of a haze after being startled awake, said she looked toward the doors and saw what she believed was the shadow of a mountain lion enter the room, snatch the barking dog, then walk out, said sheriff's Detective Sal Zuno.

According to a press release sent by the Sheriff's Department, the incident occurred Monday in a home in Pescadero, a San Mateo County town two miles east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. They say a mountain lion got into their room through the double doors, which were open a few inches for fresh air.

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"I told her that it was a lion", she said, recalling the moment she explained to her daughter what happened.

When the resident went out after the dog, she discovered large wet paw prints at the bedroom's entrance. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was notified for further investigation. 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. "However, people who live in rural San Mateo County have to remember, we have wildlife", Zuno said.

"That's when I saw what I thought was our bigger dog walking in", Fought said.

Those residing in mountain lion territory are also warned to avoid attracting deer, mountain lion's main prey, keep brush trimmed to reduce places where they can hide; and consider installing motion detector lights around the house.

After calling 911, deputies came to search the area and said the paw prints resembled those of a mountain lion. "Because she plays with Leo a lot, and it didn't seem normal", Catalina said.


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