A mountain lion crept through an open door into a house outside Denver, snatched a Labrador retriever from a bedroom where two people were sleeping, and left the dog's dead body outside, wildlife managers said Tuesday.
No humans were hurt. Officials didn't know how many other people were in the home 14 miles from Denver.
Wildlife officials later trapped the 130-pound male cat using the dog's body as bait, and fatally shot it.
Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Tyler Baskfield said the cat entered the house through open French doors early Monday and fled with the Labrador after the owners woke up.
“The people got up and looked around and saw the mountain lion's tail leaving the house,” Baskfield said.
He declined to release the homeowners' names.
The owners agreed to use the dog's body for bait. Baskfield said mountain lions often stash their kills and return for them later.
Although wild animals ranging from raccoons to bears might amble in through open doors and windows, “it is kind of strange for a large predator like that to come that close to the house,” Baskfield said.
Colorado has an estimated 3,000 to 7,000 mountain lions.