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Pet dog chases mountain lion up a tree

A mountain lion was chased up a tree near San Jose, California by one bold German Shepherd. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

LOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif. -- A dog chased a cat up a tree Tuesday morning in Los Altos. 

Normally, that wouldn't be a big deal, but this cat is a rather large mountain lion.


The California Department of Fish and Game responded to a report of a mountain lion 30 to 40 feet up an oak tree at an upscale home on La Barranca and Elena roads Tuesday morning.

An 85-pound German Shepherd named Cody apparently was scary enough to cause the mountain lion to retreat. Cody is owned by Denise and Larry Del Carlo.

Read NBCBayArea.com's story on Cody's encounter  

Mountain lions have been known to eat things larger than Cody, according to the experts, but they say for some reason they tend to run from pet dogs.

The mountain lion eventually came down the tree after the Department of Fish and Game decided to let it be. They believe the cat was a male, weighing about 110 pounds.  

Cody's neighbor John Sphar said as soon as he saw that a mountain lion was in the neighborhood, he called all of his neighbors to tell them to be on the lookout.

Sphar said he will put his goats in a locked barn just in case the big cat comes back. He said he lost a goat to a mountain lion on Christmas Eve 2010.

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