In Santa Barbara County, California, a mountain lion almost ate a family pet. The hungry predator broke into the Painted Cave home and attacked a visiting dog. The home is owned by Ted Adams. At the time of the break-in, his sister Lee Larsen White was visiting. White’s dog Buddy was attacked.
Buddy had been barking around 8:30 p.m. that night, and no one could figure out why. Turns out, he was just trying to alert people that a ferocious feline was trying to find its way in. After listening to Buddy barking, Adams and White heard a loud crashing sound downstairs. “The French door down there was just completely smashed open, and there’s a gaping hole there. We figured that the lion had come in, grabbed the dog, and left,” Adams said.
The mountain lion had, in fact, NOT left the house yet. They found it in one of the bedrooms, struggling to find a way out. It had the right idea and hit the window, but that didn’t do anything. During this, the mountain lion had Buddy in its mouth. They closed the bedroom door, effectively trapping the mountain lion. Adams and his wife, Tracy, both found suitable weapons and got ready to confront the animal again. Adams had a gun, while Tracy carried bear spray.
The Couple Foiled This Mountain Lion’s Meal
Ted and Tracy entered the bedroom just as the mountain lion was about to start eating the poor pup. Tracy sprayed the bear spray directly into the mountain lion‘s face. Obviously, the mountain lion lost interest in the dog after she did this, and instead focused its attention on her. She sprayed it again.
Ted and Tracy opened another set of French doors leading outside and the mountain lion quickly left. Buddy, a 25-pound mix breed, had puncture wounds on his neck. He was immediately taken to the vet, where his wounds were treated and he was given some medication. The attack was obviously very scary for the little guy.
Painted Cave, where the attack took place, is located in the Santa Ynez Mountains. It’s a community made up of around 100 homes. Furthermore, this isn’t the first sighting in the area. In fact, there have been multiple reports over the last few weeks. This increase in sightings is alarming. If a mountain lion is willing to jump through a glass door to get to a dog, where will it stop? There’s no telling how it might behave in other situations.
In California, mountain lions are a “specially protected mammal,” which means it’s illegal to kill them. The population was just around 600 in the 1920s. They became a protected animal in 1990. Since then, their population has exploded. Compared to 600 mountain lions, there are now somewhere between 4,000 to 6,000 living in the state.