Westlake Village Family Frightened By Mountain Lion

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I spent a lot of time in the Westlake Village area when I lived in Thousand Oaks in the early 2000s. One of my main Los Angeles Daily News high school football beat schools was Westlake High and I got to know a lot of great players, coaches and family members during that time.  So I had some nostaliga memories when I saw this story from KABC on a family’s harrowing encounter with a mountain lion, which attempted to enter the house (see video above).

Here’s KABC’s Leanne Suter with more:

“It was kind of scary because he was kind of not wanting to leave and he charged into the window, what? Four times?” Sammy Kerr-Jarrett said.

Sammy, 8, and his mother Nadine Young were stunned when the wild cat suddenly appeared on their back patio of their home Sunday night.

“He was going to put the dog out and he freaked out and said, ‘Mommy, mommy, mommy, there’s a puma! There’s a puma!'” Nadine said. “I had no idea what he was talking about. I’d never seen one before. I went to the door and low and behold there’s a huge mountain lion right there, trying to get in.”

They said the mountain lion was laser focused on Daisy, their 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier. The big cat tried desperately to get inside.

“He charged four times at the door. It was terrifying. Absolutely terrifying,” Nadine said.

She said after several attempts the animal finally gave up and disappeared in the dark. The animal, which appeared to be tagged, is no stranger to the neighborhood.