SANTA ROSA VALLEY, Calif. -- Residents in Santa Rosa Valley are turning the tables on a mountain lion they say has killed several pets in the area.
Carmella Torres says her beloved dog "Petey" became the animal's latest victim. On October 4, the healthy 8-year-old Jack Russell Terrier was playing in his owner's backyard when he was attacked.
"My daughter found him at the corner of our back fence and he had been killed," Tores told KTLA.
Fish and Game officials believe a mountain lion was responsible for Petey's attack as well as five others in the area since July.
An English Bulldog and a goat have also been killed.
Residents have now hired a tracker to hunt down and kill the animal. They've obtained a permit through the California Fish and Game Department, allowing them to do so.
Once an animal is killed, a permit is issued for ten days allowing a homeowner or a hired tracker to use a pistol, shotgun or rifle to take the mountain lion out on their property.
Four permits have been issued so far, but there has been no sign of the big cat.
Community Hunts Mountain Lion That Killed Pets