A mountain lion snatched a barking dog from the bedroom of a California homeowner as she and her child slept just feet away, authorities said. The animal snatched the dog from the end of the bed and walked out, sheriff's officials said.
She told NBC: 'As soon as I saw it walk out, I thought, 'That's a lion.' It was shocking'.
An adult witness, who was not identified in the report, said she was awakened to her dog barking loudly and saw the shadow of an animal push through the partially-opened French doors of her bedroom, grab her dog from its bed and exit the bedroom.
She called 911. Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office arrived and found more paw prints near the house.
However, both the Sheriff's Office and state wildlife officials agreed Monday's incident was extremely unusual, Zuno said.
Zuno said it's important for people to be aware of how to interact or protect themselves from encounters with a variety of wildlife whether it's mountain lions or coyotes, as they're part of San Mateo County. The bedroom's French doors were slightly open to let in fresh air.
A mountain lion - not this one - is suspected of making off with a 15-pound Portuguese Podengo in the middle of the night in Pescadero, Calif.
The mother then noticed a bigger animal had walked into the room but she assumed it was the family's larger dog Leo.
"The family is really shaken up by this", Sheriff's spokesman Detective Sal Zuno said, adding that none of the home's three residents were injured.
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. "Because she plays with Leo a lot, and it didn't seem normal", Catalina said.
"They're very easy to find, inexpensive, light and compact", Zuno said of the devices.
Deputies searched the area and found paw prints similar to a mountain lion's, he said.