A mountain lion wandered inside a California house and was captured in a photo lying on a bathroom floor.
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The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that family members and the cat ran away from each other Sunday after the cougar entered the home when the door was opened to let in cool air.
“After being spotted, he tried to make a run for it but ended up cornered in a bathroom,” the sheriff’s office said.
The big cat dashed to the second-story bathroom of the home in the Sierra Nevada foothill town of Sonora and the family ran the other direction.
The lion was coaxed out of the bathroom window by sheriffs’ deputies and state wildlife officers where it jumped to the ground and ran off. The mountain lion didn’t threaten anybody.
Wildlife officials don’t consider mountain lion sightings near human habitats to be a threat as long as the animal isn’t showing aggressive behavior toward people.
However, if you do cross paths with a mountain lion, the sheriff’s office recommends that you do the following:
“Make noise, act defiant and not afraid, maintain eye contact, never run away, slowly create distance, and fight back if you’re attacked!”