Bartlesville family warns others after animal attacks their dog


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/28/2013 5:13 pm Published: 6/28/2013 4:24 pm


A family in Bartlesville is mourning their beloved pet.

The family said their dog, Maya, was attacked by a mountain lion in an area near Kenwood drive.

The family said they saw the entire thing and when the mother started screaming the big cat dropped their dog and ran off.

The Woodland housing addition in Bartlesville is full of trees, rolling hills, and according to neighbors at least one mountain lion.

April Gardiner forgot to lock the doggy door and fell asleep. She woke up Wednesday to the sound of hysterical barking.

Gardiner raced outside and was horrified to see her Schnauzer, May, in the jaws of what she believes was a mountain lion.

"It was not a bobcat and it probably weighed 100 pounds. It looked like a cougar or mountain lion," she said.

She began screaming at the top of her lungs, scaring off the mountain lion.

"The little dog was hiding and they found the little dog and its injuries were massive enough that the little dog had to be euthanized," said Bartlesville Animal Control Officer Rita Harvey.

The family is heartbroken. They had Maya for over a decade and loved the dog dearly.

"That's what really hurts," said Gardiner.

Police said tracks near the area support Gardiner's story and they're taking steps to find the animal.

Animal control officers have set out a cage hoping to trap the mountain lion.

"It has large fang marks and the distance between the fang marks is about 2½ inches," said Harvey.

The family has one dog left and they, as well as police, want to warn others in the area to keep their animals in a safe place, especially when it gets dark.

Wildlife officials said if you ever come into contact with a mountain lion, it's best to make yourself appear as large as possible, and never turn your back on it.

They suggest slowly walking backwards to get to a safe place.


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