UPDATE: DNA found on the scene indicates it was a mountain lion that entered the house. Frightening.
A trace of mountain lion DNA was identified in a blood sample taken from inside a home in Pescadero, confirming reports that a mountain lion entered an occupied home and took a dog off the bed where the homeowner was sleeping.
On Monday, Apr. 17, 2017, a Pescadero homeowner called 911 at 3 a.m. to report an animal had entered her home through an open door and taken her 15-pound dog, which was sleeping on the end of her bed. San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies responded and although they did not find the dog, they reported seeing wet paw prints at the entrance to the bedroom. They notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and a wildlife officer responded later that morning. The wet prints had dried and were no longer visible. The wildlife officer was unable to find any other tracks or obvious sign of a mountain lion. He did discover a small drop of blood on the door, which he collected for analysis.
Due to the nature of the report, the wildlife officer drove the blood sample to the CDFW Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Sacramento the same day. Forensic analysis confirmed the blood found in the home was predominantly domestic dog, with trace amounts of mountain lion DNA, confirming a mountain lion had entered the home and taken the dog.
The property owners are eligible for a depredation permit, which would allow them or an agent acting on their behalf to take the offending mountain lion. However, they opted not to receive the permit. No further action will be taken by CDFW.
CDFW stresses that this lion’s behavior is extremely rare. Most mountain lions are elusive in nature and rarely seen. CDFW urges residents in the area to take all reasonable actions to secure their properties and domestic pets to better coexist with not only mountain lions, but all wildlife. For tips, please see www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild.
Was a dog’s tragic death the result of a mountain lion that entered a Pescadero (San Mateo County) family’s house?
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents on the Peninsula to lock and secure their homes after a women reported that a mountain lion attacked her dog in Pescadero, California.
Deputies responded early Monday morning to a report of a mountain lion entering a home and snatching a small dog. Vickie Fought told deputies she and her 12-year-old daughter were sleeping in a bedroom with their small dog at the foot of their bed and the back door open a crack.
Fought said they woke up in the middle of the night when their dog, Lenore, started barking.
“That’s when I saw what I thought was our bigger dog walking in,” Fought said.
Seconds later, Fought said Lenore, a 15-pound Portuguese Podengo, went silent.
Fought said she thought Lenore finally recognized the bigger dog. That was until, Fought added, “I saw the lion walk back out the door.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 19, 2017
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) April 18, 2017
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says more than half of the state is mountain lion habitat. https://t.co/ommSSpPHsg
— NPR (@NPR) April 18, 2017