One of the Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs who had scared away an adult mountain lion several weeks ago from the backyard of a residence on the 1000 block of Hamline Place was most likely injured by the large cat around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, February 4. According to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department, the owner of the residence heard his dog yelping and went outside to find his dog bleeding from a wound and the mountain lion on the mountainside behind his house.
The dog was taken to a local vet to have his wound sutured, added Ryburn, and there is no further word on the condition of the family pet. The dog is one of two Rhodesian Ridgebacks whose barking awoke their owner in early January and scared away the mountain lion, as reported in this myBurbank story.
Burbank Animal Control sent an officer to check the area this morning, according to Brenda Castaneda, Superintendent of the Burbank Animal Shelter, but he couldn’t find any evidence or tracks from the lion.
“It’s a bit difficult to find tracks with how steep the mountain is angled up behind the house,” Castaneda commented.
“It’s the first time, as far as we know, that we’ve had the mountain lion attack a domestic animal like this,” added Castaneda, who’s been in touch with the area’s Game Warden from the California Department of Fish and Game. “We’ve let Fish and Game know about this, but they’re saying that as far as they’re concerned, the mountain lion is exhibiting normal behavior and that perhaps the mountain lion has figured out it’s easier to go after dogs than deer.”
“We’re concerned obviously,” Castaneda went on to say. “We’re trying to inform the public how to act in an encounter with mountain lions.”
Castaneda also mentioned the area Game Warden mentioned there has been a mountain lion attack on a dog in Sun Valley at Verdugo Mountain Park recently. Verdugo Mountain Park lies on the other side of the Burbank Verdugos behind the residence on Hamline Place and other nearby locations of mountain lion sightings in the Burbank hill community.
Burbank Animal Control will hold an informational meeting for the community at the Burbank Hills Estates tennis courts at 3200 Castleman Lane at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8. Officers intend to address any concerns and questions residents of the area may have about mountain lions in the area.