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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
February 23, 2019
A Patagonia woman was shocked to discover that she was sharing her house with a mountain lion.
When Cindy Peterson woke up on the morning of the 15th and looked out the same window she has looked out for years, she saw a bit of a different site than usual — a pair of paws coming from underneath her porch.
“At first, I saw the paws and was like wow that’s a big kitty, cause there are cats that run around the area, but as I started looking at it more I realized it was a mountain lion. She was just sitting there, licking her paws, not a care in the world […] We can hear, it must climb up the tree’s cause we can hear it pouncing on our roof.,” Peterson told the Orange Street News.
Peterson also has a theory about why the mountain lion had chosen to share her home.
“It must have been a mom who was either captured or abandoned her two cubs. They are a boy and girl and they are running around town,” Peterson told the OSN.
Peterson became concerned about the kids that played in the area and didn’t want them to get hurt, so she called 911. After calling at about 7am, they arrived at 10am. They came back a few days later to put of cameras in hopes of catching the mountain lion.
Peterson preferred not sharing her address for the concern of the mountain lions welfare. A concern of hers is that hunters will come down and shoot the mountain lion.
According to Peterson Law Enforcement told her that if they saw the mountain lion in town, they would have to shoot it.
Mountain lion attacks are very rare.
A total of 125 attacks, 27 of which fatal, have been documented in North America in the past 100 years, according to Wikipedia.
Meanwhile, in the United States there have been 302 deaths from lightning strikes between 2007 and 2016.
“We don’t want to kill it, we want it alive, it is so beautiful,” Peterson told the Orange Street News.