Ilene Dondlinger of California says she does not want the big cat killed, despite its fatal attack on her miniature schnauzer
When Ilene Dondlinger jumped on the mountain lion attacking her miniature schnauzer in the early hours of 5 December, she reacted without thinking. The 54-year-old wrestled with the big cat in her backyard, desperately trying to open its jaws to save her beloved dog Pumba. But there was nothing she could do.
I couldnt prise its jaws open, no matter what I did, Dondlinger said, detailing how she punched, kicked and jumped on the big cat, even putting her knee to its throat in desperation.
I dont have any children so he was my baby. But I couldnt get him out I knew when my little dog was gone.
Dondlinger was left with bruises after the struggle. She said the mountain lion had barely reacted to her retaliation, only growling at her once Pumba was dead.
Mountain lions, known as pumas, panthers, cougars or brown tigers depending where you are in the western hemisphere, live across California. A typical adult male weighs 110lb to 180lb and a female 80lb to 130lb, according to the Mountain Lion Foundation. They are rarely dangerous to humans but attacks on pets and livestock do happen.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/12/woman-fights-mountain-lion-dog-aoe