A large dog was attacked and killed in Mesa, Arizona according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The lion scaled a homeowner’s wall and killed a large Dalmatian. Game and Fish could not confirm it was a mountain lion because they could not find any prints but because of the way the dog was consumed, they were able to rule out other animals such as coyotes.
There are many hazards for bird dogs in the Arizona upland bird country. Quite a few Javelina attacks on dogs have been recorded and the number of rattlesnake encounters is too many to count. On occasion, mountain lions will prey on bird dogs and be very close to attacking but because of the owner’s involvement in the situation, the mountain lion is scared away. For upland bird hunters who have wide or long ranging dogs, be careful.