POSTED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 2:39pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 2:55pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Gail Loveman was working at the computer when she turned around to see a very disconcerting staring contest.
A mountain lion was looking through her sliding glass door right at her cat, Zeus.
"I was sitting here working at my computer and as you can see my back was to the glass sliding doors, and I heard some rustling, but I have two Maine Coone cats, so I figured they were messing around in some papers and at some point," she said. "Maybe it was the noise - I turned around and this mountain lion was at my sliding glass door about 4 feet away from me."
"So luckily my camera was sitting here and I grabbed it and started taking pictures," she said.
Those pictures quickly spread like wildfire over Twitter and Facebook.
Loveman says the mountain lion walked along the deck and then came face-to-face with Zeus.
"I have one very fuzzy [picture] where he is just sort of kissing the mountain lion," she said.
After looking in her yard, she realized there were several more mountain lions. The one at the window was a teenager and the mother stayed farther away.
"My guess is they climbed up these rocks here because this is where the mother was," Loveman said. "One of them was up here on the fence and they say mountain lions can jump 10 feet with 100-pound deer in its mouth, so I knew they would be able to get out, but this lion was poised on the fence with all four feet."
She says the encounter is a lesson for people living near wildlife.
"My number one thing I would say is: don't let your animals out. Don't let your cat go out. There are hawks,there are eagles, there are foxes - if you care about your animals keep them close. Keep your cats inside and your dogs by your side," she said.