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Update: Mountain lion kills three goats

Original post made on Nov 22, 2011

A mountain lion killed three dwarf goats in a fenced enclosure on Tripp Court in Woodside on Nov. 14, but the chances of the goats' owner finding and killing the lion have diminished.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 8:41 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by Chris, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:33 am

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?


Posted by HawkeyePierce, a resident of another community
on Nov 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

So due to the owner's irresponsibility, the lion was deemed killable. Hopefully, the lion will never be found by humans.


Posted by john, a resident of Woodside: other
on Nov 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm

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.


Posted by Dave Boyce, Almanac staff writer
on Nov 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Dave Boyce is a registered user.

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.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Nov 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm

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.


Posted by C, a resident of another community
on May 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm

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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