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California woman tries to pry open mountain lion's jaws to save her dog

Posted at 1:02 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 13:02:08-05

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.