Deputies shoo away mountain lion inside Calif. home

Video shows officers banging on walls until the cat jumps out of a second-story window

Tim Balk
New York Daily News

SONORA, Calif. — It was a Sunday surprise that won’t soon be fur-gotten.

A homeowner in Sonora, Calif., called in to report a break-in Sunday night, and when sheriff’s deputies arrived they discovered a mountain lion in the Northern California residence, according to the authorities.

The deputies called in help from Fish and Wildlife, which assisted getting the mountain lion to scram from the second-story bathroom where he had posted up, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s office.

“After being spotted, he tried to make a run for it but ended up cornered in a bathroom,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.


An intruder caught in the act! Last night, our deputies were called to the 16000 block of Oakhaven Lane in Sonora for reports of a break-in. The perpetrator slyly made his way through the open front door of the home. He did not threaten the resident or steal anything. After being spotted, he tried to make a run for it but ended up cornered in a bathroom. Fish and Wildlife were contacted and assisted our deputies in coaxing the mountain lion out of the second story bathroom window. He did get a stern warning about the break-in before being released. Fish and Wildlife do not consider mountain lion sightings near human habitation a public safety concern as long as the lion is not exhibiting aggressive behavior towards people. Mountain lions tend to be shy and extremely stealthy. That said, keep doors to your home and outbuildings closed and secure. If you do encounter a mountain lion here are some helpful safety tips: make noise, act defiant and not afraid, maintain eye contact, never run away, slowly create distance, and fight back if you’re attacked!

Posted by Tuolumne County Sheriff on Monday, September 16, 2019

The mountain lion was released after leaving through the bathroom window, according to the post.

“He did get a stern warning about the break-in,” the sheriff’s office said.

Wildlife officials do not view mountain lion sightings as a danger to public safety unless the animals — shy by nature — are acting aggressively, according to the sheriff’s office.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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