I thought I should share this with you and perhaps you want to let neighbors know. Sometime Saturday evening or early Sunday one of our goats was attacked. She was a large horned cashmere and was attacked from the rear of her. She was so torn apart we had to put her down. My husband had seen a large bobcat that evening so I googled to see if they will attack goats and sheep and yes they will however we have never had problems with bobcats and see them quite often. The prints of what attacked her were very large, like a big cat, definitely not coyotes. Then right about sunset last night another one of our goats was attacked from the rear but the dogs were able to scare off whatever it was before sever damage was done. Three weeks ago another one of our goats was attacked and killed, we hadn’t reported it as it seemed a random occurrence and she was old and weak and we had been considering putting her down soon so we felt it was nature’s way.
We have lived in Deerhorn for 20 plus years and have had goats, sheep, donkeys, etc. and never had a problem as they are all in a fenced area. However they are not close to the house. I know there have been spotting’s of a mountain lion this past month and I wonder if it may be that.
[The attacker] had started to feed and the one we lost a few weeks ago was totally eaten and dragged. That goat was a large Nubian, too large for coyote’s to drag. The footprints in the dirt due to the rain on Sunday lead us to believe it was a large cat. My husband spent the night awake and waiting up in the area where the goats and sheep are last night waiting for its return but saw nothing. So, in one month we have lost 3 goats and an unsuccessful attack on a fourth. I think whatever it is thinks we are now a feeding ground.
We live on Bratton Valley.
- Mountain lions are mostly active at dusk or at night.
- A fence will not protect a pet—lions can jump 15 feet
- Outdoor lighting and removing dense vegetation can contribute to safety.
- After they kill deer, lions sometimes bury the partially eaten carcass to protect it from decay and come back later to feed from this “cache.”
- If backcountry property owners discover a cache, fish and game wardens advise them to drag it a few hundred yards away.
Mountain lion sightings can be reported to the California Department of Fish and Game at (951) 443-2969.
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