Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Mountain lion snatches pet dog from Northern California home

Mountain lion snatches pet dog from Northern California home

A mountain lion may have snuck into a California home and snatched a sleeping dog from the foot of a family's bed on Monday. That's when she saw the shadow of another animal enter the room and take the 15-pound Portuguese Podengo.

Using a flashlight, the woman searched for the pooch but found only a trail of large, wet paw prints on the floor outside. The animal snatched the dog from the end of the bed and walked out, sheriff's officials said. Fought said she did not see the lion's head, but could tell by its size and the way it walked exactly why Lenore went silent.

"Obviously the family is very shaken", Detective Sal Zuno told the San Mateo Daily Journal. 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 Department of Fish and Wildlife were notified of the incident, the sheriff's office said. Wildlife sightings are not uncommon in Pescadero, a rural area about 45 miles south of San Francisco.

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A state wildlife warden was called to the property on Monday but could not find any evidence of a lion near the property other than the blood marks in the bedroom.

Zuno said he could not recall the last time a mountain lion attacked a person or a pet in San Mateo County, where residents can encounter a wide range of wild animals, including mountain lions, coyotes, cougars and poisonous snakes.

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. The mountain lion gained entry to the house via the back door which was cracked open. Mountain lions are very familiar in the area and Fought said one attacked their horse a couple years ago.

The SMSD says that this incident is a reminder to "lock and secure your home's doors and windows", and refers those with more questions on mountain lion behavior to this website.

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