Police were urging Fontana residents to be cautious after a mountain lion “carried” a small dog away from a home in the area late Saturday.
The 110-pound mountain lion was spotted in the 4200 block of Foxborough Drive (map) around 9:30 p.m., a news release from the Fontana Police Department stated.
It was seen “carrying” an approximately 15-pound dog in its mouth, according to police.
“It’s heartbreaking,” neighbor Jennifer Seablom told KTLA. “I mean, everyone that has pets has lost pets. And I can’t even imagine how those people feel. It’s just so sad.”
The mountain lion then went behind several homes before it disappeared into a deep ravine, police said.
Officers arrived a short-time later and conducted an extensive search for the animal by ground and by air.
They were unable to locate it, but officers did find paw prints, a small blood trail and a broken fence where the cougar appeared to have entered a canyon area.
The person who alerted authorities told officers the mountain lion had been spotted several times in the area and “does not appear easily scared off by the presence of people,” the release stated.
The small dog was not the first to be attacked in the Fontana neighborhood this year.
Back in March, a 100-pound pet German shepherd was killed by a mountain lion in the same area. It lived about a block away from the home where the small dog was taken.
Police have advised residents in the area to be especially cautious between dusk and dawn, and also to keep their pets indoors.
“My 6-year-old grandson will not be out past a certain time, because they tend to be out at dusk,” Seablom said. “The dogs won’t be in the backyard past a certain time, and we close the dog door and keep the dogs in at night.”
Seablom added that when she first moved to the neighborhood, her family had two cats that disappeared within a month of each other.