Mountain lion snatches dog off bed inside of Pescadero home

A warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the residence on the 800 block of Native Sons Road in the remote hills off the San Mateo County coastline to investigate, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"If you're in San Mateo County, especially in the rural, wooded areas, the chances of you coming across natural wildlife is pretty high", Zuno told The Post.

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

There have been no additional sightings of the mountain lion or the dog.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office says the woman reported seeing the shadow of an animal enter the room, take the small dog and leave.

The family shows a video of their dog, who was apparently snatched by a mountain lion early Monday morning.

"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.

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

Security video from the couple's home captured a mountain lion standing over a dead deer on the front porch, then dragging it away by the neck. A California game warden tried finding paw prints to help track the big cat down. However, it's preferred that people heed warnings and avoid preventing deadly conflicts with the protected and elusive wild animals, according to the department. 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. "We had one open a few inches or so, I don't know, maybe six or eight inches wide", Fought told ABC11's sister-station ABC7 News.

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

Deputies are reminding residents to lock their home's windows and doors at night. "But I did think it was unusual, and then I saw the lion walk back out".

Visit wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Lion for tips and more information.

  • Ernesto Newman