Family Almost Trips Over Mountain Lion On Their Doorstep

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Looking out her front window, Kathy Inman didn't know what to make of the massive animal sprawled on her front porch.

"I looked down and I said, 'What dog is that laying on my porch?'" the Heber City, Utah, resident told Fox 13 News.

So she tapped on the glass.

And a mountain lion turned to face her.


The family went through the usual drills that follow finding a mountain lion on your doorstep: frantically peeking out the window, calling authorities and more frantically peeking out the window.

For the mountain lion's part, she spent a couple of lazy hours on the porch, seemingly oblivious to the stares of people inside the house, according to neighbor Rhett Riding, who recounted the experience in a Facebook post.

But eventually the whole neighborhood came out to witness the wayward mountain lion lounging in the doorway.

And then animal control officers arrived and shot a tranquilizer dart at the big cat.

But the adventure didn't end there.

The mountain lion fled after being hit by the dart, sparking a hunt throughout the neighborhood. It ended an hour later when she was found in a nearby parking lot.

The mountain lion spent the night at an animal control facility, before being released far from the gawking crowds - and front porches - the next morning.

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And the mountain lion certainly got the memo. When released, she bolted from the her cage, suburban life far behind her.