Mountain lion suspected of snatching dog from bedroom as child slept

A mountain lion may have gotten away with a dog from the bedroom of a home in the unincorporated San Mateo County community of Pescadero

A mountain lion may have snuck into a California home and snatched a sleeping dog from the foot of a family's bed on Monday.

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.

Instead, around 3 a.m., she woke to the sound of the dog "barking aggressively", and when she turned toward the sounds she saw the "shadow of an animal enter the room, take the small dog from the bed" and walk out.

Deputies searched the area and found paw prints comparable to a mountain lion.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says more than half of the state is mountain lion habitat.

Fought said she thought Lenore finally recognized the bigger dog. "What is unusual is the fact that this mountain lion got this close and actually went into the home".

The Department of Fish and Wildlife were also notified of the reported incident, the Sheriff's Office said.

"Obviously the family is very shaken", Zuno said. Salvador Zuno, spokesman for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Wildlife sightings are not uncommon in Pescadero, a rural area about 45 miles south of San Francisco. He examined what appeared to be mountain lion tracks that were spotted just down the lane. "We had one open a few inches or so, I don't know, maybe six or eight inches wide", Fought explained.

The family told CBS 5 News that years earlier, a mountain lion attacked one of their horses, which was able to escape.

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

But Ms Fought and her daughter are astonished that a mountain lion could have been so bold. The dog's carcass has not been found, but bloodstains were found near the door - the lone signs of an intruder, Fought told CBS.

The SMSD says that this incident is a reminder to "lock and secure your home's doors and windows", and refers those with more questions on mountain lion behavior to this website.

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