Mountain Lion Drags Dog out of Owner’s Bedroom

Crazy story, this is a small front range town just southwest of the Denver area.  I go mountain biking in this area all the time.

A mountain lion slunk into the master bedroom of an Idledale home early Monday, snatched a yellow Labrador retriever and vanished.

Officers are hunting the mountain lion and have set a trap, said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

“A lion that will brazenly go into someone’s bedroom . . . we need to be careful of,” Churchill said.

The dog’s body was found near the property.

Churchill said the residents had left open the French doors to their bedroom, apparently to cool the house, and didn’t have screens.

There were dogs sleeping in the bedroom when the mountain lion entered between 4 and 4:30 a.m.

Idledale, between Morrison and Evergreen along Bear Creek, “is definitely in lion country,” Churchill said. “It’s not unheard of for unattended or easy-to-get-to pets to be taken by mountain lions in areas from Boulder to Evergreen.”


  1. AJ
    Aug 6, 2008

    The story says there were “dogs” (plural) in the bedroom–and one of them was a lab, so we’re not talking poodles here. You’d think that any dog worth its canininity would’ve put up a stiff battle right there in the bedroom.

  2. Tim
    Aug 6, 2008

    agreed, perhaps the pooch was asleep and lion broke its neck? also, it’s not clear if the owners were in the room at the time, but they probably were seeing as the attack came at 4:30am and was in the master bedroom. talk about a recipe for insomnia!

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