The mountain lion smashed the glass at Ted Adams’ home to rob Buddy, a dog belonging to his sister, Lee Larsen White, who visited, Noozhawk reported.
Buddy barked downstairs at around 8:30 p.m. local time, but no one could explain why. “Right around that minute, we heard a loud crash,” Adams told the website. “The French door down there had just been completely smashed, and there was a hole there. We realized that the lion had come in, grabbed the dog, and left.”
But they soon realized mountain lions are still in the property, Found a “chunky” predator in one of the bedrooms. “It’s trying to get out, it’s bouncing off the walls,” Adams said. “It hit the window with the dog in its mouth.”
They locked the mountain lion in the bedroom, and while Adams went to get the gun, his wife, Tracy, found some bear spray. They re-entered the bedroom just as the mountain lion was about to start eating Buddy, a 25lb mixed breed. “Tracy went over and threw him a violent blast of gas (tear spray) in his face,” Adams said. Noozhawk. “The lion lost interest in the dog and was very interested in Tracy, so he crucified him again.”
They opened some French doors leading to a porch and the mountain lion ran away.
Buddy suffered stab wounds to his neck and was taken to the vet for care. He was bandaged and given medication to keep him calm. Ted says he must “look good with that lion.”
In one Facebook Larsen White said the dog is lucky to be alive: “I just picked up Buddy from the vet in Santa Barbara. He had multiple lacerations on his neck and throat that had to be sewn up and the lion shook him quite a bit. very sore neck and possibly disc problems. It’s a Christmas miracle that we still have him living here with us.”
The Painted Cave community is located in the Santa Ynez Mountains north of Santa Barbara. It consists of about 100 houses.
Mountain lions are found throughout California. In 1920, the population was estimated at only 600 individuals. In 1990, the species was designated a “special protected mammal”, making it illegal to kill or injure them. An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 people live in the state.
Based on Noozhawk, residents have reported sightings of several mountain lions in recent weeks. “That’s pretty dangerous, because it could be a small child or something like that who would be as vulnerable as a dog,” he told the website.
https://www.newsweek.com/mountain-lion-attack-eat-pet-dog-california-santa-barbara-1662937 Mountain lion breaks into family home, tries to eat pet dog