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Terrified 8-Year-Old Spots Mountain Lion Trying To Break In So Mom Runs Outside To Scare Him Off

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

When I was young, I always thought it was exciting to see wild turkeys, deer, and raccoon families outside my house. Of course, other than eating our flowers and rummaging through our trash, they were pretty harmless.

Usually, when wild animals show up on your property, it’s not a big deal.

That wasn’t the case for Nadine Young and her son, Sammy Kerr-Jarrett. The 8-year-old was in his kitchen when he spotted a mountain lion outside the sliding glass door.

Terrified, he yelled for his mom.

Nadine dropped what she was doing and came running. Despite all the action going on inside, the big cat wasn’t deterred.

He put his front paws on the glass door, trying to get into the house. Nadine believes he was enticed by their little dog.

While the cougar paced a few feet away from the door, Nadine saw an opportunity. She slipped outside to try to scare the mountain lion off. Her mom instincts kicked in, and she knew she had to protect her family.

Waving her arms and screaming did the trick — the giant cat ran away. Now, Nadine says what she did may not have been the best idea.

Watch the video below to see how Nadine and Sammy feel about the incident. If you would be just as scared as they were, please SHARE this article!

Footage and photos provided by KTLA Los Angeles

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