Monday, October 2, 2023

A mountain lion spotted in the backyard of a northern California home prompted authorities to issue a warning to area residents after efforts to nab the big cat were unsuccessful.

Home security footage shared with KCRA-TV in Sacramento shows a family dog chasing the wild feline through the yard in the community of Morada, just east of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Homeowner Sandy Ali told the NBC affiliate that she was having a Bible study at her home when a friend looked out the window and remarked on her two dogs playing outside.

“I said, ‘I only have one dog,'” Ali recalled.

The mountain lion leapt into a tree in a single bound before Ali called 911, she said. Multiple agencies responded to her home at 6:45 p.m. but the mountain lion escaped.

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“Our deputies and animal services worked well into the morning hours trying to safely trap the mountain lion,” San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office posted on X, formerly Twitter.

The agency issued a warning late Friday on the platform, telling residents that the lion was on the loose.

“The mountain lion is not aggressive and there is no danger at this time,” the agency posted, telling residents to stay inside with their pets as a precaution.

By the next morning, the mountain lion remained at large and the sheriff’s office asked that anyone who spotted it call its office.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Watch: Dog chases off mountain lion at California home


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