California Mountain Lion Snatches Leashed Chihuahua From Dog Walker

In a very horrifying encounter with a California mountain lion, one of many large cats snatched a leashed Chihuahua from a canine walker in a residential space close to the Hollywood reservoir on Friday.

9-year-old Piper, a blue merle-Chihuahua combine, was fatally mauled.

The cougar was captured on a video surveillance digicam as he stalked and pounced.

“I felt the tug and I heard Piper squeal,” the person who was strolling the canine informed KTLA-TV. “It was like a two- or three-second wrestle. He had Piper in his mouth. He didn’t growl. I didn’t even hear him. I by no means had an opportunity” to avoid wasting the canine.

Piper’s proprietor, Daniel Jimenez, informed KTLA that he was devastated on the lack of the Chihuahua, whom he and his spouse adopted in 2014. “She was simply the sweetest canine,” he mentioned.

Native wildlife biologists suspect the cougar was 11-year-old “P-22,” who has made Griffith Park within the space his residence. P-22 was captured in 2012 and fitted with a monitoring collar. He’s typically noticed on residence safety cameras.

Zara McDonald, a cougar biologist with the Bay Space Puma Mission, informed the Los Angeles Occasions that folks should be extra conscious {that a} mountain lion “doesn’t know boundaries … or the place it ought to or shouldn’t go.”

Dog walkers must be notably vigilant with small canines from nightfall to daybreak, when mountain lions are inclined to hunt, she warned. “Small canines appear to be the smaller prey” that they routinely catch of their habitat, and an assault on the pets “isn’t notably shocking,” she mentioned.

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