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The terrifying moment a woman comes face to face with a mountain lion in her backyard


Video footage captured the amazing moment a woman came face-to-face with a mountain lion that was literally ‘hanging out’ in a tree in her backyard.

Homeowner Corinna Bubenheim of Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, first spotted the striking animal when her German shepherds started running around her avocado tree in her yard on Thursday.

Expecting to come across a red squirrel or perhaps an opossum, Bubenheim was shocked to find a pair of large hairy paws.

Bubenheim told KTLA5 she thought her dogs were ‘just making a big fuss about the squirrel.’

«I looked up and thought, ‘Maybe it’s an opossum,'» she added. “Then I saw the big claws and their fur and I was like, well, it looks like a German Shepherd. But it’s probably not a German Shepherd because they don’t climb. It turned out to be a mountain lion.’

Video footage captured the amazing moment a woman came face-to-face with a mountain lion that was literally «hanging out» in a tree in her backyard.

Homeowner Corinna Bubenheim of Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, first spotted the striking animal when her German shepherds started running around her avocado tree in her yard on Thursday.

Homeowner Corinna Bubenheim of Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, first spotted the striking animal when her German shepherds started running around her avocado tree in her yard on Thursday.

Bubenheim's shock then turned to awe when she saw a majestic mountain lion watching them from its lofty vantage point.

Bubenheim’s shock then turned to awe when she saw a majestic mountain lion watching them from its lofty vantage point.

Bubenheim’s shock then turned to awe when she saw a majestic mountain lion watching them from its lofty vantage point.

The mountain lion can be seen on video resting peacefully in its avocado tree near Woodlake Avenue and Mariano Street around 2 p.m., before the animal eventually climbed down from the tree and went into a nearby wash behind a house.

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Bubenheim said mountain lions are not a common sighting in the neighborhood.

Los Angeles Animal Services officers were dispatched to alert neighbors and maintain a presence in the area as a precaution.

Scientists have estimated that the population of California mountain lions is much lower than they had hoped.

The mountain lion can be seen on video resting peacefully in its avocado tree near Woodlake Avenue and Mariano Street around 2 p.m.

The mountain lion can be seen on video resting peacefully in its avocado tree near Woodlake Avenue and Mariano Street around 2 p.m.

The animal eventually climbed down from the tree and walked into a nearby wash behind the house

The animal eventually climbed down from the tree and walked into a nearby wash behind the house

Bubenheim told KTLA5 she thought her dogs were

Bubenheim told KTLA5 she thought her dogs were «just making a big fuss about the squirrel.»

Expecting to come across a red squirrel or perhaps an opossum, Bubenheim was shocked to find a pair of large hairy paws.

Expecting to come across a red squirrel or perhaps an opossum, Bubenheim was shocked to find a pair of large hairy paws.

Los Angeles Animal Services officers were dispatched to alert neighbors and maintain a presence in the area as a precaution

Los Angeles Animal Services officers were dispatched to alert neighbors and maintain a presence in the area as a precaution

Officials concluded earlier this year that there were between 3,200 and 4,500 mountain lions in total, thousands less than expected.

State and university scientists calculated the total using GPS collar data and genetic information from shoreline samples.

The researchers used this data to compare populations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Mojave Desert, and the wildfires of southern California.

«There has never been a study of this magnitude and over such a large and diverse geographic area with such diverse habitats,» said Winston Vickers, a veterinarian at the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center and one of the officials who conducted the study.

Scientists have estimated that the population of California mountain lions is much lower than they had hoped.  Officials conclude there are between 3,200 and 4,500 mountain lions, thousands less than expected

Scientists have estimated that the population of California mountain lions is much lower than they had hoped. Officials conclude there are between 3,200 and 4,500 mountain lions, thousands fewer than expected

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The estimated number of California mountain lions was around 6,000 according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

The estimated number of California mountain lions was around 6,000 according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

Large carnivore biologist and head of the California Mountain Lion Project, Justin Dellinger, told the LA Times that the highest population density is in the «coastal forests of Humboldt and Mendocino counties in northwestern California.»

The lowest is in the high desert east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Inyo County, California.

«The Central Valley and parts of the Mojave Desert don’t have any mountain lions,» Dellinger said.

The estimated population of California lions was around 6,000 according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

The first lion attack in twenty years happened a few months ago, in March 2024.

The first lion attack in 20 years happened a few months ago in March 2024. A 21-year-old man died and an 18-year-old man was seriously injured after a lion attack in a remote part of California (animal not pictured)

The first lion attack in 20 years happened a few months ago in March 2024. A 21-year-old man died and an 18-year-old man was seriously injured after a lion attack in a remote part of California (animal not pictured)

One man died and another suffered «traumatic facial injuries» after a mountain lion attack in rural California – the first in two decades.

The men, two brothers aged 21 and 18, were searching for dropped antlers in a remote part of Georgetown, a small community 50 miles from Sacramento.

Around 1:13 p.m., an 18-year-old called 911 to say he and his brother had been attacked and suffered «traumatic facial injuries,» according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. The teenager added that he was separated from his brother.



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