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on Nov 22, 2011
I am sorry for the loss of his goats, his friends. I appreciate the moderate response. Perhaps the Mountain Lion Foundation could help to suggest ways to "lion-proof" his enclosures?
So due to the owner's irresponsibility, the lion was deemed killable. Hopefully, the lion will never be found by humans.
Mountain Lions almost never kill domestic animals, or humans. This lion is wierd: sick, old, or not afraid of humans. If it attacks domestic animals again, and it'll be hungry about a week after it ate the goat, it's a threat to people. If it goes about it's normal business and kills/eats the local wild deer, we'll never see it again.
Thank you Mr Begun for your tempered response. I live on Tripp Rd also.
In an interview, Capt. Don Kelly of the Department of Fish and Game said that mountain lions will go after goats rather than sheep because goats are in "the deer family," the lion's natural prey.
Wildlife biologists have told the Almanac that there is no evidence to support the notion that having attacked a goat, a lion would then be disposed to attack a human.
This lion did not eat the goat, but fed on part of it. A second feeding was not possible because the carcass was hauled away by the tallow company.
Thanks, Mr. Boyce, for the clarification. There are a lot of myths about mt. lions - such as was posted about them having to be sick or old, etc. to eat livestock. That's simply not the case - it depends on the species of livestock as well as the predator.
Get livestock guardian dogs. I've had goats for 7 years without incident. Lions have taken livestock in my neighborhood, and they're sited fairly often.
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