La Crescenta residents are on edge after a mountain lion reportedly killed a dog in a home’s backyard, prompting wildlife officials to host a public meeting this week on how to avoid the large cats.
After the Mattersteigs discovered that Bridgett had been killed, officials confirmed that the attacking animal was a mountain lion, based on paw prints left behind.
Six days later, a mountain lion returned to the same backyard about 8:30 p.m., the Glendale News-Press reported.
When daughter Sherice Mattersteig opened the sliding glass door, the mountain lion was startled and ran into a nearby easement, the newspaper said.
“It was staring back at us [from the easement],” she said.
Sherice said she closed the door, went upstairs and sounded an air horn to scare the animal away.
“It was horrifying,” she added.
On the same night that a state wildlife biologist was warning a group of about 50 La Crescenta area residents to keep pet food indoors and to refrain from feeding deer — a main food source for the large cats — surveillance video footage caught a mountain lion roaming in the backyard of John Pehar’s home.
Pehar said he first thought that the animal might be a coyote, but that its large, reflective eyes indicated a different predator.
Source: LA Times
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