A trace of mountain lion DNA was found in a blood sample taken from inside a Pescadero home where a dog was snatched last week, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
The finding confirms reports that a mountain lion entered the home and took a dog off the end of the bed where the homeowner was sleeping, CDFW said Monday.
The homeowner contacted authorities at 3 a.m. on April 17, reporting that she had seen "a shadow of an animal" enter the room through the open French doors before her 15-pound Portuguese Podengo was snatched from the foot of the bed where she was sleeping with her child, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Responding sheriff’s deputies reported seeing wet paw prints at the bedroom's entrance; they didn't find the dog.
A CDFW wildlife officer later sent to investigate the incident found a small drop of blood on the door, which he took to the department's Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Sacramento for analysis.