SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California woman punched a mountain lion Thursday and tried to pry its jaws open to save her dog from an attack in her backyard, officials said.
The unidentified woman suffered a minor cut after the mountain lion attacked her miniature Schnauzer in the city of Simi Valley near Los Angeles, police Sgt. Keith Eisenhour told KNBC-TV.
Her dog died. The attack happened after a report that another dog was injured by a mountain lion in the same area late Wednesday.
The lion ran away from the woman's backyard after state wildlife officers arrived.
Eisenhour told KTLA-TV the lion's whereabouts are not known.
Pumbaa’s family sent me this pic of him in the backyard before he was killed by a mountain lion. They want to warn pet owners to be careful. They tell me his owner never lets Pumbaa out without her being there with him, and this happened so fast. @NBCLA pic.twitter.com/8LV1am94ul— Christine Kim (@ChristineNBCLA) December 5, 2019