150-Lb. Mountain Lion Swipes Chihuahua

Authorities are canvassing a North Glendale neighborhood with warning notices after a mountain lion scaled a 6-foot backyard fence early Monday and killed a Chihuahua.

The mountain lion, described as being at least 150 pounds, hopped a gate at about 1 a.m. and pulled the 4-year-old Chihuahua out of its dog house while its owners looked on in horror.

“He didn’t even get a chance to bark. All we heard was whimper,” said Marco Iezza, whose courtyard in the 2300 block of Bonita Drive is bounded by several other properties, meaning the large cat had to scale several fences.

Iezza yelled and chased the mountain lion, but it was too late.

“The way he jumped that fence was amazing,” Iezza said.

The incident punctuated a series of recent mountain lion sightings in the neighborhood abutting the Verdugo Mountains, alarming even those residents who’ve grown accustomed to seeing wildlife roaming the streets.

“I’ve never heard of one this far down, never,” said Mirna Stanley, president of the Verdugo Woodlands West Homeowners Assn.

In addition to the Bonita Drive incident, mountain lion sightings were reported on Misty Isle Drive, Del Valle and Allen avenues, Beaudry Terrace and Beaudry Boulevard in Northwest Glendale, according to Glendale police.

The Pasadena Humane Society, which handles animal control issues for Glendale, planned to post warning notices throughout the neighborhood this week, spokeswoman Ricky Whitman said.

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