Just after midnight, around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning, January 3, a resident on the 1000 block of Hamline Pl. spotted an adult mountain lion jump over a fence and run up into the Burbank Hills behind his house. The resident had been awakened by the furious barking of his two dogs, both outside in the backyard at the time, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.
When the man went outside with a flashlight to see at what his dogs, both Rhodesian Ridgebacks, were barking, he saw the fully-grown cat leap from his backyard over his fence and run up the rough terrain into the Burbank Hills of the Verdugo Mountain range. It is not known if the mountain lion was wearing a radio collar.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are large dogs, growing to 24 to 27 inches at the top of the shoulders and weighing about 70 to 85 pounds. In Africa, from where the hunting breed hails, they are known for keeping lions at bay.