connectVideoCalifornia homeowner catches a mountain lion behind a deer in the family swimming pool
A mountain lion quite a splash as it chased its prey right in the California of the family’s backyard pool last week.
But it is unclear whether the big cat is hungry, went home.
Glendale residents Rachel Wong and her husband said they knew immediately something wild happened in their backyard when they woke up and looked outside Thursday morning. The couple decided to have their home surveillance tape to get an idea on what exactly went on — and when they saw the encounter between the mountain lion and deer.
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“It was pretty scary, a little creepy,” Wong told KCAL. “I saw the video,” “I walked in the room and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, have you seen this?’ And I showed [my husband].”
The video shows the mountain lion jump in the direction of the fleeing deer and the landing in the middle of the family underground pool. The mountain lion quickly exit the water as the deer swims around for a few seconds before the smoke from the other side of the pool.
“It was pretty scary, a little creepy.”
— Rachel Wong
Another camera on the side of the house of the family saw the mountain lion again behind the deer if they are out of the water and makes a dash for the nearby woods.
“It seemed as if he waited. If one of the chase lounges in the backyard, [it] was quite wet, so it looked like he hung out and waited for the deer to get out of the pool,” Wong described KCAL.
Wildlife officials remind those who live in a state where mountain lion populations are found to remain vigilant and keep pets close.
“Although lion attacks are rare, they are possible, as is an injury of a wild animal, the National Park Service (NPS) warns on its website. “Yes, the potential to be killed or injured by a mountain lion is quite low compared to many other natural hazards.”
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If you encounter a mountain lion, the NPS proposes to remain calm, upright, and avoiding confrontation. Never approach or run from a lion, as it can “stimulate a mountain lion’s instinct to hunt.” Also not to bend over because it will make you looks like a lion four-legged prey.
In the case of a mountain lion acts aggressively, the NPS says “appear intimidating.”
“If the larger is not afraid of the mountain lion off, start throwing stones, branches, or whatever you can reach in its direction without bending or twisting of the back. Do not throw things on the net. There is no need to unnecessarily injure the mountain lion,” the NPS suggests, add, or the animal starts to fall, it is important to “fight back.”