A mountain lion may have gotten away with a dog Monday morning from the bedroom of a home in the unincorporated San Mateo County community of Pescadero, sheriff's officials said. A woman told authorities that she and her child were asleep, with their 15-pound Portuguese Podengo at the foot of the bed, when they awoke to a mountain lion in their room.
Following the barking, the woman looked up and saw the shadow of an animal.
Investigators subsequently discovered paw prints that appeared to be those of a mountain lion nearby. The suspected mountain lion entered through a set of French doors that had been left partially open to allow the dog access to the outdoors, according to the Sheriff's Office.
She told NBC: 'As soon as I saw it walk out, I thought, 'That's a lion.' It was shocking'.
"Obviously the family is very shaken", Zuno said. More than half of the state is considered mountain lion habitat, and it's not unusual for the stealthy creatures to attack livestock and household pets, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
"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 Fought's live in the hills of Pescadero, an area where it is not uncommon to see a mountain lion in the fields near their house. In a frenzied May 2015 incident, a juvenile 90-pound mountain lion wandered into a residential neighborhood at the edge of downtown San Mateo.
"We don't know anything yet", Hughan said. Fought said she did not see the lion's head.
Meanwhile, Zuno said residents should take precautions and safeguard their homes.
Authorities want to remind residents to lock and secure their home's doors and windows.
"They prefer deer, but at the same time, they are predators and do hunt", he said.
But Ms Fought and her daughter are astonished that a mountain lion could have been so bold.