(KRON/Meredith) – A couple from Boulder Creek, California knew that living close to the Santa Cruz Mountains meant sharing the land with wildlife, but one encounter got up close and personal.
Ben Slaughter and Priscilla Unti witnessed two fully grown mountain lions prowling around the yard Monday night.
"They were magnificent. It was like nothing that I had never before. I had never seen one that close," said Priscilla Unti.
The Boulder Creek residents were awakened about 2 a.m. by a noise they thought might have been a prowler just outside their bedroom window.
"So, we pulled the curtains back and Ben's jaw dropped and he was like, 'no way!' and there were two giant mountain lions just right here," Unti added.
Boulder Creek firefighter Ben Slaughter then grabbed his cell phone and started shooting video.
The two fully grown mountain lions stayed on the patio for about twenty minutes.
"The light was on and we think that they saw us and they were just out here for 20 minutes or so just kind of poking around doing their thing, growling at each other, kind of clawing at each other, you could see in the video," said Unti.
At first, Unti described the scene as shocking but said she marveled at how playful the big animals were, suggesting that perhaps they are a couple.
"Just because of the way that they were interacting, the way that they were growling and hissing at each other. The body language makes me think that maybe they were male and female maybe trying to mate, I don't know," Unti added.
The mountain lions were not intimidated by the people staring at them from behind the glass.
Unti said the two big cats eventually tired of the spotlight and wandered off into the redwoods.
"I was really nervous and my heart was pounding but I am really happy that we got to experience that, to see that," Unti noted.