A Southern California woman punched a mountain lion Thursday and tried to pry its jaws open to save her dog from an attack in her backyard, officials said.
The unidentified woman suffered a minor cut after the mountain lion attacked her miniature Schnauzer in the city of Simi Valley near Los Angeles, police Sgt. Keith Eisenhour told KNBC-TV.
Her dog died. The attack happened after a report that another dog was injured by a mountain lion in the same area late Wednesday.
The lion ran away from the woman’s backyard after state wildlife officers arrived.
Eisenhour told KTLA-TV the lion’s whereabouts are not known.