A series of recent big cat encounters has continued on the West Coast with a mountain lion breaking into a Washington state home before falling asleep in the resident’s kitchen sink.
On Tuesday morning, a Washington homeowner was shocked when the enormous cat broke through their rear screen door. Ephrata, WA residents spotted a full-grown cougar wandering around a residential area. Multiple concerned citizens of the central Washington town alerted officials of the wild animal’s presence.
In fact, one resident was left audibly stunned as they captured video of the beast jumping over a backyard fence. The residents alerted Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police, and they quickly took action.
While wildlife officials searched for the mountain lion, the huge cat had other ideas. That’s when it broke into one man’s home as he called for help. As officials arrived at the scene, they attempted to subdue the cat with a tranquilizer. However, it took two tranquilizer darts to knock out the mountain lion. When the animal finally passed out, it ended up asleep in the home’s kitchen sink.
Thankfully the mountain lion did not sustain any injuries during the ordeal. Additionally, wildlife officials were able to remove the large cat from the home and release it back into the wild. Although it isn’t uncommon to spot the cats here and there, a cougar entering someone’s home is a rare sight indeed.
Becky Bennett, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman, commented on the rare occurrence. Bennett said that she’s been with the department for five years and never heard of a big cat breaking into someone’s home.
“Generally an animal gets disoriented and it’s a matter of them getting lost and not knowing how to get away from the population,” Bennett explained to the Spokesman-Review.
“It was an adult male, healthy, nothing wrong with it,” Bennett added. “This was probably a wrong time, wrong place, wrong house situation.”
Second Mountain Lion Breaks Into Home Same Day in California
Ironically, an eerily similar situation to the mountain lion break-in played out south of Washington in San Bruno, California. Another big cat broke into a second home, which left a couple equally stunned later that same Tuesday. Supposedly a wild cat broke into a couple’s house after eyeing a potential meal. Yet the animal mistook taxidermied game trophies hanging on her walls for food.
This time around, the big cat jumped through the couple’s window, leaving broken glass all over. One of the homeowners told FOX 2 he couldn’t “blame” the animal who was likely just hunting for food.
“Glass was just everywhere,” homeowner Rose said to FOX 2.
“My eyes locked on this huge animal and I went, ‘What the hell is that?”’ she recalled.
“He went up in the living room and then, you know, he felt trapped. So he was running around, he knocked over a TV and couple of things,” Rose’s husband Steve said.
‘You can’t blame the animal if he saw something he might have thought, you know, it was a meal for him,’ Steve added.
Shortly after the mountain lion entered the couple’s home, it exited through the same broken window. But the chaos that ensued shook the San Bruno couple and obviously startled the large cat as well.
The double sighting in the same day may be rare. But wildlife officials are seeing an uptick in mountain lion sightings on the West Coast. In Washington, there’s been a reported 18 mountain lion sightings in the last 30 days. Officials say the cats may be looking for new territory or simply just traveling through the communities.
As sightings increase, officials have emphasized that actual attacks are extremely uncommon. In fact, a person is 1,000 times more likely to get struck by lightning than attacked by a mountain lion.