Mountain lion sneaks into family's home, lounges on bathroom floor, police say

Joshua Bote, USA TODAY

A mountain lion took a bathroom break after entering a home in Northern California on Monday, according to officials who coaxed the wild animal out of the restroom.

The big cat, per a Facebook post from the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office, sneaked through the front door of the family's house in Sonora, California.

After he was discovered, he tried to escape, only to be cornered in the family's second-floor bathroom. 

Fish and Wildlife officers banged the wall outside the bathroom to get him out, Tuolumne County Sgt. Andrea Benson told The Guardian.

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“He finally was able to jump out the window," she said. The sheriff's office joked in its post that the lion "did get a stern warning about the break-in before being released."

A video published on the sheriff's Facebook page shows a photo of the mountain lion lounging on the bathroom floor, looking at the camera with his mouth ajar.

Mountain lions are "solitary and elusive" and tend to avoid humans, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. They are not a public safety concern, the sheriff's office said, as long as the lion does not exhibit aggressive behavior toward people.

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