Takes the small dog out of Pescadero Home but leaves the woman behind.
On April 17, 2017, a frantic Pescadero homeowner called 911 at 3 a.m. to report that a nightly visitor, a suspected mountain lion, had entered her home through an open door and made off with her 15-pound dog. The small dog slept at the foot-end of the bed as usual.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call. They did not find the small dog that, contrary to the habit small dogs, did not unleash a storm of uncontrollable barking. They did, however, notice wet paw prints at the entrance to the bedroom. Again, authorities suspected at once that a mountain lion could be the culprit.
The California Department of fish and Wildlife dispatched a wildlife officer later that morning to the scene. The officer could not find any tracks or other signs that a wild animal had entered the home. However, he did notice a small drop of blood at the door and collected it.
DNA analysis established that the blood was predominantly domestic canine with traces of mountain lion DNA. This, obviously, confirms that a mountain lion had entered the home and made off with the small dog.
Mountain lion near offices (Fox 13TV)
CDFW makes it a point to explain that this behavior is extremely rare. Mountain lions are “elusive in nature and rarely seen”.
Except, of course, I might add, when they attack hikers and bicyclists on trails. Southern California has seen several cases of mountain lion attacks on bicyclists in the not so distant past. At least one left a person dead if my memory does not deceive me.
As a hunter, I would be remiss not to mention that I have seen several mountain lions during hunts on a private property near the Tejon Ranch and in other places that were less than elusive. In fact, one of them brazenly stayed his ground on a fallen tree stump when I cautiously approached it.
Mountain lion populations are increasing. Many of the young lions draw close to human settlements and urban areas in search of their own territories. Naturally, this increases the chances for chance encounters and conflicts between man and beast.
Wouldn’t it, therefore, be a great idea to secure your home at night when you live in a rural or suburban area close to wildlife?
For detailed information on coexisting with mountain lions and other wildlife go to www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild.
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