Hungry Mountain Lion Mauls Deer on a Family's Porch

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Don’t fuck with a mountain lion. Sadly, a small deer in Southern San Francisco learned that lesson the hard way when its neck was snapped on a family’s porch.

The whole thing was documented on a Nest Cam that was set up to capture any unwanted activity outside the home. In the video, which has been uploaded to YouTube, you can big, glowing eyes from the mountain lion roaming around in the dark. When the homeowner goes to investigate and hits the lights—it reveals not one, but two creatures.

According to a Washington Post report about the incident, Mary L. Mines and Peter Rauenbuehler both heard loud noises around 4am and were alarmed. They said they heard a loud crack, and thought it might be a tree branch. They went to investigate only to discover the mountain lion eating a small deer.

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In hind sight, the couple says the loud crack was probably the deer’s neck being snapped. Luckily, the California homeowners only needed to turn on the light to investigate—so they didn’t have to face the mountain lion in person. Crisis averted.

Technology editor at Gizmodo.

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DISCUSSION

Let’s see who made a non-event (animals eat other animals! omg!) sound the weirdest.

Washington Post:

Depending on your view of predatory wildlife, the video above is either absolutely wonderful or downright terrifying. ...

We here at Animalia are in the camp that finds this video wonderful

So the author admits that some people might find the video “terrifying” (?!?!?) but that they don’t. This is good, I like this review of what happened, I give it 3 pumas.

Gizmodo:

Hungry Mountain Lion Mauls Deer

No mauling occurs in the video.

Sadly, a small deer in Southern San Francisco learned that lesson

If you think it’s sad when a deer dies then a lot of sadness happens every day and you might not want to know where your hamburgers come from.

the mountain lion eating a small deer.

No eating occurs in the video.

so they didn’t have to face the mountain lion in person. Crisis averted.

Why assume a crisis would occur if the homeowners had opened the door and faced the mountain lion?

This wasn’t quite so good; part of this write-up uses inaccurate wording to describe an animal encounter and it also makes a few odd assumptions (killing an animal for food is sad, a person encountering a mountain lion would be a crisis). I’ll give it 1 puma.

Storyful:

Mountain Lion Slaughters Wandering Deer

No slaughtering occurs in the video because the deer looks like it’s already dead.

A ruthless mountain lion

Ruthless implies that the mountain lion is mean or cruel which ... is a weird thing to say about a cat.

The deer ... was slammed into a set of metal railings by its attacker.

I missed that part of the video? Or the description of what the homeowners heard or saw?

DANGER! MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK!

This is just fear-mongering.

Storyful you are the worst you get the score of 0 pumas.