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Residents fear mountain lion killed 85-pound Labrador named 'Bubba' in Glendale

Authorities suspect mountain lion was the deadly culprit.

December 31, 2013|By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com
  • "Bubba" Hamada, an 11-year-old black Labrador retriever, was killed early Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, by what authorities believe was a mountain lion in the hills above Brand Boulevard in Glendale.
"Bubba" Hamada, an 11-year-old black Labrador… (Courtesy of Lynnette…)

When James and Lynnette Hamada of north Glendale found the lifeless body of their beloved 85-pound black Labrador retriever named Bubba in their hillside neighborhood, they feared that the culprit could be a mountain lion.

The attack apparently happened about 3 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, on Rimcrest Drive, near Canonwood Drive, said Bubba's owners, James and Lynnette Hamada. They found Bubba on Saturday afternoon in a neighbor’s side yard with a dead rabbit lying on their dog’s lifeless body.

"We found that Animal Control did dispatch (an investigator) from Pasadena because the resident found a dead dog alongside a house on Rimcrest. They also found a dead rabbit on top of the carcass," Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Animal control could not confirm that the dog or rabbit were killed by a mountain lion, but based on information residents provided there is a strong likelihood that a mountain lion killed the animals, Lorenz said.

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"We’ve had 150-pound deer preyed on by mountain lions," Lorenz said.

The Hamadas contacted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Monday.

"We heard from (the Department of) Fish and Wildlife. They took an account and will have a biologist call and come over," Lynnette Hamada said.

"They’re on this right now... It had to be large enough, probably a mountain lion. Animal Control said it could be anything. But it had to be strong enough to lift our dog over a stucco wall," Hamada said.

Officials warned that there are dangers inherent with living in the hillsides and urged people to keep their pets indoors at night to minimize attacks from wildlife.

"I want people to know that whether it’s a sighting or possible sighting to please contact us at the Glendale Police Department. You can also go to our homepage at www.ci.glendale.ca.us and use our wildlife tracking mapping system," Lorenz said.

Lynnette Hamada said everyone should be cautious and aware of their surroundings.

“Even adults who are walking around our bushy areas, especially at night or early in the morning. A mountain lion could jump out at you,” she said. “I don’t want my dog killed in vain. Just so people have awareness, they might not want to keep their pets out at night. Our dog stayed outside for 11 years. It’s my hope that this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s pet or family member.”

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