Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Utah: Juvenile mountain shot after killing pet

Mountain Lion Shot after Killing Family Dog

Aaron Vaughn Web Content Producer

10:40 PM MST, December 28, 2009

PEOA, Utah - Elain Jorgenson walked outside her house to feed her dog only to discover her 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mauled to death, bloodied and in nearly an unrecognizable state. She turned around and took two steps back to find a Mountain Lion hissing at her. Reeling in shock, she turned and ran into the house calling out her husband. "So I'm yelling at him 'please get the gun'; he shoots it, we call 911 to let them know what happened."

The couple is from Peoa, a small town just northeast of Park City, nestled in the mountains.

Wildlife experts call this an isolated incident, but warn those to be safe and try to keep pets inside as much as possible this winter.

"This situation was a young juvenile cat, first winter on its own in my estimation...looking for food in the winter," Jorgenson says.

http://www.fox13now.com/news/kstu-cougar-kills-family-dog-then-is-shot,0,61337.story

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