California Woman Jumps on Mountain Lion in Desperate Attempt to Save Pet Dog From Attack

A California woman desperately tried to save her dog from a mountain lion attack by trying to pry her pet from the jaws of the large predator.

The woman, who has not been named, is said to have jumped on the mountain lion in the backyard of her Simi Valley home after spotting it eating her 10-year-old miniature schnauzer Pumbaa around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning.

She was unable to save her beloved dog and called the police while the lion was still in her backyard. When officers arrived at the scene, they saw the mountain lion eating the dog in the backyard before it quickly took off into the surrounding hills.

The woman's brother, who identified himself only as Brian D, told KTLA: "She jumped on top of the mountain lion and she tried to pry the mountain lion's jaws open to save her dog. She heard her baby die is what she told me. She loved this dog like a child."

The mountain lion is believed to be the same one that attacked another dog in the area on Wednesday night. According to CBS Los Angeles, a havanese dog named Sammy suffered several puncture wounds during the attack but is expected to survive.

"I certainly hope that the Animal Control could somehow set a trap to capture the mountain lion, because it's putting everyone in danger here," Sammy's owner, Michael Cheng, told KTLA.

Local resident Robert Kharitonoe said he saw the police surrounding a mountain lion the same evening that Sammy was attacked.

"It got spooked and started to walk across the street, actually towards my car," he told CBS Los Angeles. "That was very, very scary. Yeah, I rolled up my windows immediately, I tried to stay as calm as I could."

Officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are searching for the mountain lion, but have still not found it.

Department Captain Patrick Foy said if they do locate the animal, they will attempt to tranquilize it instead of killing it. Fish and Wildlife officials can issue a depredation permit to authorize an animal be killed if it has attacked a pet at the owner's request.

"In this case, the pet owner declined," Foy told the Ventura County Star. "She said she didn't want to see the lion be killed."

The cat is believed to be P-35, one of the animals tracked by the National Park Service but whose collar has stopped working. P-35 had a GPS radio-collar first installed on her in April 2014 and is now believed to be around 10-years-old.

"What we do know is that this is not one of the mountain lions we are tracking with a working collar," Ana Beatriz Cholo, spokeswoman for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, told the Ventura County Star.

"There's a possibility that this is P-35," she said.

Officers who attended the scene of the attack in the Simi Valley backyard said they were unable to see if the animal had a collar or not.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been contacted for further information.

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(File photo of mountain lion) A woman tried to pry her dog from a mountain lion’s mouth during an attack in a Simi Valley neighborhood. Galen Rowell/Corbis/Getty