June 14, 2009
SAGE, Riverside County -- A woman got the surprise of her life when she walked into her garage to see why her dogs were barking. She found a full grown mountain lion.
Ana Lee Spray says her three chihuahuas were barking so loudly, she couldn't figure out what was wrong. But, she quickly got the answer staring back at her. She says the big cat appeared to be angry and began hissing at her. She picked up her pint-sized puppies and ran back into the house.
She then grabbed her video camera and took a few pictures of the caged cougar, after she called 911.
Officers with the Department of Fish and Game arrived at Spray's home in the 3900 block of San Ignacio Road a short time later and tranquilized the cat. The mountain lion ran out of the garage and had to be tranquilized a second time in Spray's yard.
Experts say the animal was likely looking for food and had his eye on the chihuahuas as a quick snack.
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://www.bigcatrescue.org