“His tail was pretty close to me so I just ‘thwipped’ it a little,” said Edward Sudduth, 84.
That touch and the couple’s noises sent the animal running into the bathroom, where it became locked inside.
Sudduth and his wife, 87, barricaded themselves safely into another room, then called 911 for help to get the unwanted visitor out of their home.
“911 had a hard time understanding what I was talking about because I probably was jabbering a lot,” Sudduth said.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies broke the bathroom window and coaxed the mountain lion to leap out of the window.
No one has seen the mountain lion since it jumped out of the window. A neighbor claims to have heard it, and was worried about her own cat’s safety.
One thing is for sure: The couple “won’t be leaving the door open anymore,” Sudduth said.