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Mountain Lion on Car in California Makes for Great Photo Op

By    |   Friday, 10 Oct 2014 10:45 AM

A mountain lion jumped onto a car parked in the driveway of a San Jose, California, home Tuesday night as a surveillance camera rolled, catching the strange incident on tape.

Homeowner David Tang told the television station he was awakened by his motion detector alarm around 3 a.m. Tuesday and, when he checked out his surveillance camera, he saw that the large mountain lion had pounced on top of his vehicle in the driveway on Echo Ridge Drive.

"People walk around here at night time and walk with their dogs, so it's dangerous for the people if they don't know," Tang told KGO-TV.

A mountain lion expert told the television station that the animal in the video was probably about 2 years old, weighed about 70 to 80 pounds, and seemed to be trying to establish its territory. The expert said that mountain lions can grow to be up to 160 pounds.

Encounters with mountain lions and other wild animals have been an important issue in northern California ever since a 6-year-old boy was attacked by one in early September, according to KNTV.

The boy was attacked while on a hiking trail near a winery in Cupertino, California, and rushed to Valley Medical Center in serious condition. Game warden Travis Jarrett told KNTV that the boy's parents likely saved his life by fighting off the mountain lion.

The San Francisco Chronicle said that residents have reported mountain lion sightings at homes in Mendocino County and a bear sighting in wildlands of the Bay Area during September.

Cece Case told the newspaper that she was working in her home when she saw a mountain lion peeking through a window, staring at her. Case said she managed to take two pictures of the animal before it walked away but believed it may have been attracted to her residence because of her cats.

Cyclist John Buckley told the Chronicle that bear scat had been found near Fairfax in the Marin Watershed where cyclists usually ride.



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