A quiet Friday night in the Hollywood Hills turned into tragedy for 9-year-old Piper, a Blue Merle/Chihuahua mix, when she sauntered – on a leash – behind her dog walker, only to be grabbed and bludgeoned to death by a mountain lion.
Video from early Friday night in a residential area near Hollywood Reservoir — near Creston and Durand Drives — shows a large collared cougar emerging from the undergrowth, slinking down the road and then ducking down as he catches the small one hiking group sees.
Seconds later, the footage shows the mountain lion falling from behind and yanking Piper backwards.
“I felt the tug and heard Piper squeak,” the man who walked the dog told KTLA-TV.
He didn’t want to reveal his name or face.
“It was like a two or three second fight,” he told the TV station. “He had Piper in his mouth. He didn’t growl at all. I didn’t even hear him. I never had a chance.”
No one has positively identified the mountain lion, but it’s likely P-22, an 11-year-old cat who has made Griffith Park his home. Biologists captured the Puma in 2012, attached it to a lightweight radiolocation collar, and named it the P-22.
The cougar is well known in the area as it is regularly spotted on security cameras in homes or popping up in people’s driveways, as it did in Los Feliz last month.
Piper’s owner, Daniel Jimenez, told KTLA he was devastated by the loss of Piper, who he and his wife adopted in 2014.
“She was just the cutest dog,” he told the news channel.
He was informed of the incident via text message and initially thought it was a hoax.
The text read: “The mountain lion attacked and took away your dog. Killed your dog,” he told KTLA. “It turned out to be real and we were just shocked.”
Whether or not the mountain lion was P-22, “we need to be made more aware of the fact that a lion knows no boundaries of safe or unsafe territory or where it should or should not go,” Zara McDonald said. a cougar biologist, executive director of the Bay Area Puma Project.
“Small dogs look like the smaller prey they’re constantly catching in their habitat, so that’s not particularly surprising,” she said. She said dog walkers should be especially vigilant when walking small dogs from dusk until dawn – when mountain lions tend to hunt.
“Same old story, actually, but every year we move further away from balanced ecosystems and toward human-modified systems…that puts lions at much greater risk of consequences for not getting the memo and just being what they are of.” are natural.” She said. “It’s important that we do it right now with our pets so we don’t habitually introduce cougars and end up preying on a small human.”
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-11-19/mountain-lion-nabs-leashed-dog-in-hollywood-hills Mountain lion nabs leashed dog in Hollywood Hills