LOS ANGELES – A mountain lion was filmed strolling the sidewalk in a Studio City neighborhood.
The video showed that a cougar had been seen carrying a cat in its mouth.
Norma Perez, who shared the video, said her dog woke up the whole family at 2:30 a.m.
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Perez explained that she had lived on Lankershim Boulevard for 20 years and had never seen anything like it.
“Pretty freaked out,” she said. “I took my dogs out and saw the blood dripping down the sidewalk and I knew it was real.”
Ken Paglia works at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Paglia says the video is more likely evidence that motion-activated cameras are capturing more images of cougars, not cats getting cheekier.
“We live on their territory,” he said. “They’re over there.”
This is advice that Agnes Kocsis follows. She said that in 1990 she lost a poodle to what she believed was an attack by mountain lions. She doesn’t want to lose another one.
“I don’t let any of my dogs outside,” she said.
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, there have been only 16 verified mountain lion attacks in California since 1890, with six of the attacks being fatal.
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