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Mountain lion snatches pet poodle from Burbank backyard

Mountain lion snatches pet poodle from Burbank backyard
A mountain lion is shown resting in this file photo.On Saturday, a mountain lion reportedly abducted a pet poodle from a Burbank home, police said. (Department of Fish and Game)

Police warned residents to be on the alert after a mountain lion dragged off a pet poodle from the backyard of a hillside home in Burbank this weekend.

The mountain lion was spotted Saturday in a backyard in the 500 block of North Sunset Canyon Drive, where it snatched the dog before disappearing into the hills behind the home, said Burbank Police Sgt. Claudio Losacco.

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On Wednesday, police shared the following safety tips for residents:

  • Don't feed deer, as it's illegal and will attract mountain lions.

  • Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.

  • Keep pets inside at dawn, dusk and at night, when mountain lions are most active.

  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around your home.

  • Keep pet food inside.

  • Never approach a mountain lion, but if you encounter one, don't run away. Instead, face the animal, make noises and wave your arms.

Alene Tchekmedyian writes for Times Community News.

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