Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Colo. hunter kills cougar that may have attacked pet

Hunter Shoots Mountain Lion Believed To Have Attacked Family Pet
Lion Said To Be Famished, In Poor Health
Deb Stanley, 7NEWS Producer

POSTED: 11:22 am MST January 18, 2010
UPDATED: 11:30 am MST January 18, 2010

LAKE CITY, Colo. -- A hunter shot a mountain lion believed to have mauled a family dog near Lake City, Colo.

The dog was attacked Jan. 11. She survived.

Four days later, a licensed hunter spotted the mountain lion about four miles from the family's home.

The hunter, Jim Higgins, told the Grand Junction Sentinel newspaper the lion appeared to be 3 years old, was famished and in poor health.

The newspaper reported the mountain lion had a distinctive marking on its tail similar to the animal that attacked the dog.

Another family dog was killed Jan. 7 about 18 miles from Lake City.


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