Nov 8, 2010 2:28 PM by KRTV
It wasn't a mountain lion that attacked a Mazda in Eureka last week - it was the work of one or two dogs.
Last week, KRTV received an e-mail from a viewer named Joe, with the following pictures and this brief explanation:
"This happened Monday night in Eureka. The car was attacked by a mountain lion during the night. They think their cat was hiding underneath the car or in the motor. Some incredible pictures."
Krista Tincher, a reporter for the Tobacco Valley News, contacted us this morning and reports that a game warden has verified that the tracks on the car are "clearly those of a dog, though the car owners suspected a mountain lion at first."
Tincher reports that the people involved in the incident speculated that one or two neighbor dogs - possibly Rottweilers - were trying to get at the car owner's cat that apparently was hiding inside the engine compartment of the car.
The cat survived, but appeared a little shaken up the next morning.