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Police: Mountain Lion Probably Killed Family Dog in Glendale

Wildlife officials urge residents north of Foothill Boulevard to take responsibility for their pets.

Patch file photo of a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains
Patch file photo of a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains

By City News Service

Glendale police and state wildlife officials confirmed Tuesday that a mountain lion likely killed an 85-pound black Labrador retriever, which was found next to a dead rabbit.

The dog and rabbit were found dead in the 2000 block of Rimcrest Drive early Friday, "and we speculate that the animal was a local resident's pet," Glendale police Lt. Bruce Fox said.

The dog, identified as Bubba by its owners, James and Lynnette Hamada, was apparently dragged over a 3 1/2 foot stucco wall.

Police notified the state Department of Fish and Game, but Andrew Hughan of the state agency said the cat's trail had grown cold by today.

Hughan said residents north of Foothill Boulevard "have to take responsibility for their pets."

"People who live near open country have to take responsibility," he said. "Generally, don't leave food out: Lions can smell it. And don't just put your pets outside and tell them to go do their business."

A mountain lion also killed a Jack Russell terrier in La Crescenta Nov. 23.

Hughan said the extremely dry conditions have prompted wild animals to look for water in urban areas.

The 2014 calendar year will go down as the driest on record, according to the National Weather Service. Only 3.6 inches of rain, about quarter of the amount in a typical year, has fallen at the NWS weather station at USC, making it the third year in a row of below-nomal rainfall.

Annual rainfall in Los Angeles -- typically measured from one July 1st to the next -- averages 14.93 inches.

Mike Scarn December 31, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Meatball's killing dogs now?! Getting blame placed on the mt. lions. What a rascal!
chuck weiss January 01, 2014 at 09:45 AM
"2000 block of Rimcrest Drive" is not above Foothill Blvd. as mentioned in the article, and the dog that was killed by the mountain lion in November to my recollection was not a Jack Russell Terrier. I wonder what else is incorrect in this article?
Fortified- I am Buzzlightyear >>>>>>>> January 02, 2014 at 03:49 AM
"I wonder what else is incorrect in this article?" ....the omission that Coyotes eat pets every night, Because they only live in the city, and not the mountains.
justin January 02, 2014 at 10:12 AM
I seriously hope that they do not go hunt this Mt. Lion down.. We can't be surprised by events like this when we live up against foothills and the entire Angeles Forest was devastated by the Station Fire. Think of all of the displaced wildlife that caused and that was probably only a small fraction of the wildlife that even survived...
Fortified- I am Buzzlightyear >>>>>>>> January 03, 2014 at 12:56 AM
ATTENTION! I just noticed a new law that passed regarding lions and when they can and can't shoot. It must be an-- “imminent threat to public health or safety”--I don't know how this differs, as I never read up on it before. But here is the law.:- --------- http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB132

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