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Dad: Hungry cat was 'eyeballing my kids'

May 22, 2009 7:29:41 AM PDT
A San Bernardino family is OK Friday after a run-in with a nearly 100-pound mountain lion.Officials said a boy spotted the big cat Thursday in a tree in the backyard of a home on the 4700 block of Electric Avenue at about 9 p.m.

Only steps away from the big cat, the boy yelled for his dad Tony Baena, who was working in the backyard.

"Obviously he was up there for a reason. He was maybe hungry or something. He was probably eyeballing my kids, you know, the dogs," Baena said.

The father told his son to get in the house and dial 911.

Fish and Game officials arrived and tranquilized the mountain lion, causing the animal to fall out of the tree into a neighbor's backyard.

"I wasn't really that much scared, you know, 'cause I had a chainsaw with me," Baena said.

Officials said they took the mountain lion to the Angeles National Forest and released it.

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