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Mountain lion suspected of snatching dog from family's bedroom

Mountain lion suspected of snatching dog from family's bedroom

Authorities in San Mateo County believe a mountain lion entered a woman's home in the coastal town of Pescadero and took her dog, CBS San Francisco reports.

The woman and her child were sleeping when she heard their small dog, a 15-pound Portuguese Pondengo, barking aggressively around 3 a.m. April 17.

The adult witness told authorities she saw the shadow of an animal come into the room through the French doors, grab the dog from the bed, and walk out.

With a flashlight, the woman looked for her dog, but only found large wet paw prints at the entrance of her bedroom, Zuno said.

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Responding deputies found prints suggesting a mountain lion. Fought says, at first, she thought the mountain lion was their bigger dog Leo.

"They live in a very rural area, which is essentially mountain lion territory", Zuno told The Post early Tuesday.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife were notified about the incident, but a wildlife warden said there was no evidence of the lion outside what Fought had already discovered, according to NBC. Salvador Zuno, spokesman for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. "So this mountain lion picked up the scent of the dog and hunted it". She and her daughter Catalina Peso were also in bed when the mountain lion slipped into the room through their double doors.

"We live amongst these animals, but mostly, you never know they're there", Periat said.

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

Meanwhile, Zuno said residents should take precautions and safeguard their homes. "But I did think it was unusual, and then I saw the lion walk back out".

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.

Fought's bed is about a foot away from the back door.

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"They're very easy to find, inexpensive, light and compact", Zuno said of the devices.

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