I found the link to the video:http://www.wgal.com/news/16374665/de...p=nationalnews
The homeowner said that the cat was trying to jump in through her son's bedroom window, so for the safety of the people, I guess that the officer was acting properly.
However, I wonder why her dogs (at least one is a German Sheperd- it's in the background during the interview) couldn't have kept it driven off?
My experience is that people tend to panic at the idea of mountain lions (or other big cats).
Having grown up in a rural, relatively wild area, I have had mountain lions occasionally observing me since I was a small child, so I guess that I am not as prone to condemn the big cats as some other people. One summer there was a sighting of a cougar by the neighbors in the subdivision up from my parents; there was such an uproar
Letters to the editor and calls to the Dept. of Fish & Game & the Sheriff to have it chased and killed. Neighbors saying that they couldn't come out of their houses, their dogs were all gonna be eaten, and couldn't be walked,etc.(Mind you, the sightings were at dusk by a couple of people leaving for work at an early hour). Well, there had been a bad fire on our nearby mountain and the deer were also in the vicinity because they had been displaced from their summer pasture. When the fall rains came followed by warm Indian summer weather, the deer moved off and the lion hasnt' be reported since.
Also, in our town, at another time, there was again mass hysteria and fear because cougars were killing sheep, ripping their throats and stomachs, and basically scattering parts (
hmmm, not at all like the kills I've come across). Ironically, when a local rancher shot a pack of dogs who were attacking his calves, the "lion" attacks stopped.