Mountain lions attack pets in L.A. foothills

first_imgThat incident, just northeast of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was one of 200 or so domestic animals lost to mountain lions in California every year, a state Department of Fish and Game biologist told the newspaper. Mountain lions live in the rough country above Malibu, Santa Clarita and the entire San Gabriel range, flanking the Los Angeles basin’s north fringe. And with a record-setting drought causing deer to edge into suburban areas browsing for food, the lions are following. “People with rose gardens are going to attract deer like you wouldn’t believe,” said Michelle Roache, deputy director of special enforcement for the Los Angeles County Animal Control Department. Deer are No. 1 on the lions’ menu. By City News Service More dogs and cats in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills are being eaten by mountain lions, and residents of the hills are again being warned to watch out for the big cats, it was reported Sunday. One Altadena resident heard a neighbor’s dog bark for 10 minutes in the middle of the night, then the bark turned into a growl. That was the last ever heard from the 60-pound Labrador-mix dog, who was hauled over a 5-foot-high fence by the cat, the Pasadena Star-News reported. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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