Fearless dog called Dash stares down huge mountain lion as it paws glass doors of Colorado home
- Sarah Bole found her dog Dash eyeing up the mountain lion on December 3
- Big cat strolled onto the patio at her home near Grand Lake, Colorado
- Footage shows Dash sitting completely still and silent watching the giant cat
- Ms Bole’s trembling voice is heard saying: ‘Dash get back!’ but dog stays still
This is the moment a brave dog stared down a massive mountain lion as it pawed at his owner’s patio doors.
Sarah Bole came home from work on Friday at about 5pm to find her dog Dash enraptured by the mountain lion and staring at it through the glass patio doors at their home between Grand Lake and Granby, Colorado.
Footage shows Dash sitting completely still and silently watching the giant cat while Ms Bole desperately tries to call him to her.
Her trembling voice can be heard saying: ‘Dash get back!’ but the little dog stays exactly where he is and continues to stare at the lion, his tail wagging.
Sarah Bole came home from work on Friday at about 5pm to find her dog Dash enraptured by the lion and staring directly at it from behind the glass doors of their home between Grand Lake and Granby, Colorado
Ms Bole’s trembling voice can be heard saying: ‘Dash get back!’ but the brave little dog stays exactly where he is and continues to stare at the lion
After almost three minutes the lion seems to become bored and starts walking away.
Ms Bole can be heard saying: ‘Dear God, he’s big.’
Dash then finally starts barking now the lion has wandered off. Ms Bole tells him to ‘shut up’ in case the lion hears and comes back.
Ms Bole posted the chilling footage to Facebook alongside the caption: ‘I came home from work tonight and walked in to see this on the patio.
‘Watch the whole thing as the lion taps the glass. Pardon my language and shaking voice. I was s****ing my pants.’
One social media user, Kristin Bergren McDuffee, said: ‘That was an amazing video. I can’t believe how still your dog was the entire time.
‘I’m guessing you don’t let him out at night by himself!’
Ms Bole replied: ‘I think he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. He was sitting like that when I walked in the door from work.’
In other remarks she joked that she would be selling her hot tub after the close encounter.
Dash seems completely enraptured by the mountain lion and seemingly doesn’t move a muscle until the cat leaves
One social media user, Kristin Bergren McDuffee, said: ‘That was an amazing video. I can’t believe how still your dog was the entire time. I’m guessing you don’t let him out at night by himself!’
It comes just six months after a hiker recorded a mountain lion stalking him along a Utah trail.
Jared Smith was hiking on the Broads Fork Trail at Big Cottonwood Canyon in May when a mountain lion crept up behind him.
‘I was running back down the trail and was probably about a mile from getting back to the parking lot when I heard something off to the side of the trail,’ Smith told FOX 13 News ‘(I) looked and there was a cougar probably 15-20 feet away from me… Definitely startled me.’
In the video, Smith backs away while trying to reason with the big cat, repeatedly telling it ‘I am going away, I promise I am not going to bug you,’ as the cat continues to follow him, occasionally hissing.
Smith never turns his back to cougar and loudly tell the cat he is leaving it’s space, which wildlife experts say was the right move.
‘He basically followed all the recommendations that we give… Make yourself big, use a loud voice, maintain eye contact and back away slowly,’ Faith Heaton Jolley with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources told FOX 13 News. ‘That’s exactly what we tell people to do because if they turn and run, sometimes it can trigger that prey, chase instinct that cougars have.’
The hiker says he is grateful to have gotten out of the encounter unscathed and that the mountain lion was most likely defending her cubs.
Smith was able to safely reach his vehicle after the cougar left the trail. He warned his Facebook friends to stay safe.
There have been 126 mountain lion attacks against humans, 27 of which were fatal, in the last 100 years in North America.
And last year 107 mountain lions were killed in North America because they were thought to have eaten pets or livestock.
What should you do if you come across a mountain lion?
- Stay calm and hold your ground or back away slowly
- Face the lion and stand upright
- Do not approach the lion and do not run from a lion
- Never crouch down of bend over in front of a mountain lion
- If it approaches you, do all you can to appear intimidating
- Wave your arms or yell in a loud voice
- If it continues to approach, begin throwing things at it
- Aim at its head to scare the animal away
- If it attacks you, fight back
- Use whatever you can to help fight against the lion and do all you can to remain standing
Source: National Park Service