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Mountain Lion attack reports unfounded

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2009

Recent rumors circulating around Torrington of a mountain lion attack on three horses in the area are simply not true, local game officials say.

Game Warden John Stevens said he investigated the reports of an attack on a Goshen county farm last week and found no evidence of a physical attack by a predator on two horses which were found dead.

“It’s a hot rumor, but it’s just not true,” he said. “Nothing that I saw within the pasture or on the animals in question suggested a mountain lion attack or a physical attack by any predator.”

Stevens did say that it looked like the animals had clearly been run by something, but has not determined what at this time. He also noted the horses had been fed on by scavengers by the time he investigated the scene.

According to the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management, a non-profit website run by a team of universities including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, mountain lion attacks on livestock are common and account for more than 20 percent of livestock loss due to predation in Western states.

For the complete article see the 12-09-2009 issue.

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