Mountain Lion Takes Small Dog from Pescadero Home: Sheriff

The San Mateo Sheriff's Office is warning residents to lock their doors and windows, after a mountain lion entered the bedroom of an area home and took off with the family dog as a woman and child slept nearby.

The incident happened in the hills just above Pescadero, a remote area where mountain lion sightings have become more common.

"As soon as I saw it walk out, I said, 'That's a lion, '" Fought told CBS News.

A woman who lives at the home told them that she and her child were sleeping in a bedroom with their 15-pound Portuguese Podengo at the foot of the bed, according to the Sheriff's Office.

She then saw the shadow of an animal enter the room and snatch the dog.

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.

The bedroom had French doors leading to the outside partially open to let in fresh air.

"But mountain lions are wild animals, they're hunters", he said.

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Fought said they woke up in the middle of the night when their dog, Lenore, started barking from the foot of the bed.

She added she saw "wet, very clear, large paw prints" along the path to their home and spotted a few drops of blood by their door.

Authorities have contacted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to see if a follow up investigation is necessary.

Even then Fought didn't guess it was a mountain lion. "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. "I knew it wasn't like Leo, because it wasn't her normal bark", Peso said. But Fought never expected a mountain lion to walk into their house.

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

"It's hard to fathom", Fought said.

Deputies searched the area and found paw prints similar to a mountain lion's, he said.

  • Carlos Nash