Mountain Lion Sneaks In House & Kills Family Dog

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Mountain lion in Colorado sneaks into a home’s bedroom and kills the family’s dog. Read more after the bump. Holy crap!

A mountain lion snuck into the master bedroom of an Idledale home early Monday, grabbed a yellow Labrador retriever and vanished.

The home’s owners had left the french doors to their bedroom open.

Officers are hunting the mountain lion and have set a trap, said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

“A lion that will brazenly go into someone’s bedroom . . . we need to be careful of,” Churchill said.

The dog’s body was found near the property.

Churchill said the residents had left open the French doors to their bedroom, apparently to cool the house, and didn’t have screens.

There were dogs sleeping in the bedroom when the mountain lion entered between 4 and 4:30 a.m.

Idledale, between Morrison and Evergreen along Bear Creek, “is definitely in lion country,” Churchill said. “It’s not unheard of for unattended or easy-to-get-to pets to be taken by mountain lions in areas from Boulder to Evergreen.”

Mountain lions are known to partially eat their kill and then cache it for later meals by covering it with leaves and pine needles, Churchill said.

Mountain lion facts:

* Also known as cougars or pumas, mountain lions are powerful predators at the top of the food chain.

* Adult female mountain lions range in weight from 85 to 120 pounds; males range from 120 to 180 pounds.

* Mountain lions were once the most widely distributed land mammal in the western hemisphere and were found in nearly every state before European settlement. They are now primarily restricted to the Western states.

* Typical territory for a male mountain lion is more than 100 square miles; females usually roam within a 50-square-mile region.

Safety tips

* Carry bear spray, keep it within easy reach and know how to use it.

* Do not hike alone

* Keep children close – observations of captured mountain lions reveal that they seem especially drawn to children.

* Do not approach a lion – most lions will try to avoid confrontation. Give them a way to escape.

* Do not run from a lion – running may stimulate a lion’s instinct to chase. Stand and face the cat, make eye contact, pick up children, if possible, without bending or turning away from the feline.

* Do not crouch or bend over – a person squatting or bending over looks a lot like four-legged prey. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice, throw branches or stones or whatever can be reached without bending. The idea is to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey and that you may be a danger to it.

* If attacked, fight back. Use bear spray to deter the lion. Many potential victims have successfully fought back. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing.

Scary huh?

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