By Ben Hooper
Feb. 11 (UPI) — A Utah man received a scary surprise when he went to check on a relative’s home and found a mountain lion wandering around inside the house.
Jon Hughes said he was checking on a family member’s home in Millcreek when he found a sliding glass door was shattered and potted plants were strewn about a room.
Hughes said he initially suspected raccoons had broken into the home until he spotted a mountain lion about an arm’s length away from him.
“Just kind of a surreal thing. Never seen one in my life,” Hughes told KSL-TV. “I’m really glad it wasn’t mad at me.”
Hughes said the cougar darted out of the house without attempting to confront him.
“It had no interest in me at all. It just kind of took off. It didn’t even look back,” Hughes said.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said the big cat may have been reacting to its own reflection when it broke through the sliding glass door.
“We believe that it probably saw its reflection in that glass and may have lunged at that glass and broke it,” DWR outreach manager Scott Root told KSTU-TV.
Root said the animal likely had no interest in humans, but had ventured into the foothills of Millcreek Canyon in search of deer.