A family in southern California got quite a scare when a mountain lion tried to break into its home and attack the pet dog. It happened in Westlake Village, a suburb of Los Angeles near Thousand Oaks.
“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, told WABC-TV.
“He charged four times at the door. It was terrifying. Absolutely terrifying,” said Nadine Young, the boy’s mother.
The mountain lion had ear tags and eventually left.
The last time the California Department of Fish and Wildlife released a mountain lion population “guesstimate,” its word choice, was in 1996. At that time, the estimated population was between 4,000 and 6,000 animals.
“I would like to see this animal relocated because I’ve heard from lots of other neighbors that he’s been killing animals, all of our neighbors’ animals. He’s definitely way more brazen in his behavior. He was not scared of us whatsoever,” said Young.
California does not allow mountain lion hunting as part of its management plan.