Family Almost Trips Over Mountain Lion On Their Doorstep
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.
And the mountain lion certainly got the memo. When released, she bolted from the her cage, suburban life far behind her.