Mountain lion suspected of snatching dog from family's bedroom

She explained their small dog - a Portuguese Podengo named Lenore - who had been sleeping at the foot of the bed, woke them up with her barking. Her daughter says she knew something was wrong because of the smaller dog's bark.

When deputies arrived to search the area, they identified large, wet paw prints that resembled a mountain lion at the entrance to the bedroom. San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies said paw prints found in the room looked like they came from a mountain lion, but experts haven't yet made that determination.

Vickie Fought (left) said her dog was taken by a mountain lion right from her family home.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife were notified about the incident, but a wildlife warden said there was no evidence of the lion outside what Fought had already discovered, according to NBC. In a frenzied May 2015 incident, a juvenile 90-pound mountain lion wandered into a residential neighborhood at the edge of downtown San Mateo. "However, people who live in rural San Mateo County have to remember, we have wildlife", Zuno said.

The Foughts live in the hills of Pescadero, an area where it is not uncommon to see a mountain lion in the fields near their house.




Department spokesman Andrew Hughan said a game warden was at the Pescadero site throughout Monday conducting an investigation and would be releasing the findings the following day.

Neighbors have been warned to be especially wary of mountain lions after one displayed such boldness.

Meanwhile, Zuno said residents should take precautions and safeguard their homes.

Zuno reminded homeowners to lock their windows and doors at night and to purchase an air horn for any unexpected encounters with large animals. The dog's carcass has not been found, but bloodstains were found near the door - the lone signs of an intruder, Fought told CBS. Mountain lions are very familiar in the area and Fought said one attacked their horse a couple years ago.

"Obviously they're very shaken up by this, they lost a family member and it was a surprise in the way it happened", Zuno said.

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