Mountain lion kills dog - The Park Record

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A young mountain lion in Peoa killed a Yorkshire terrier Monday morning at 5100 N. Woodenshoe Road.
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PC Animal Owner

Salt Lake City, UT

#1 Dec 30, 2009
While it is tragic that their dog was killed, they do live in a cougar habitat. I own a small dog and he NEVER goes outside without me by his side. Small breed dogs can even be eaten by birds of prey. If you live in mountains, you share the land with wild animals. And guess what....they were here first.
Animal Lover

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Dec 30, 2009
I agree with PC Animal Owner's comment. I, too, have dogs and cats and would never let them out unattended for their own safety. It is tragic to lose a beloved pet. At the same time, the mountains are wonderful because they are home to many creatures, including beautiful mountain lions. A yorkie could fall prey to almost any wild creature.
Tom

Salt Lake City, UT

#3 Dec 30, 2009
Sad story, though.
cougarkid

Park City, UT

#4 Dec 31, 2009
Too bad that myopic people are upset that a cougar killed an animal- THAT'S WHAT THEY DO! It's quite egotistical, and decidedly anti-animal rights, for you to think that your animal is special because you "own" it. You are placing yourself and your animals above a wild animal. Shame on you! I hope he's charged for shooting this poor, birth-defect, cougar. It didn't try to attack this guy, it was scared and hissing. Did he call Wildlife Resources? NO! This animal vigilante just started slingin' lead. I hope he goes to jail!
powderski

Salt Lake City, UT

#5 Dec 31, 2009
Great report...the urban edge. We'll see more in the future. We want to live in their space...live with it.
Paul Edelstein

Memphis, TN

#6 Jan 2, 2010
That is horrible!
bigtime

Midvale, UT

#7 Jan 2, 2010
yes, it is sad that the cougar killed the family pet, but i echo what other have said in this thread - you live in the mountains, in cougar territory. they were here way before us. we ar living on their land. its something you have to deal with. dont just immediately shoot the poor animal when its hissing and scared.. as said in the article, it hadnt eaten in a while. sucks that it choose a family pet for its meal, but thats the way it goes.. im sorry for the family pet, and im sorry for the cougar.. sad story all around.
Dog Owner

Layton, UT

#8 Jan 3, 2010
The dog owners were definitely in the wrong on this and should be prosecuted by Utah department of wildlife resources. I understand there anger for the loss of their pet but the approach was entirely wrong the removal of the mountain lion from their property should have been done by Wildlife officials not by their rifle.
Lifetime Parkite

Oakley, UT

#9 Jan 4, 2010
Wy anyone would leave a Yorshire terrier outside alone in the winter is beyond me. One of the articles mentioned she "went outside to feed her dog" which would imply they left their dog outside for extended periods. Agree the cougar got a bad rap here. It was doing what it does to live.
biggame

Salt Lake City, UT

#10 Jan 4, 2010
Cougar hunting anyone?
kaelee

Hillsboro, OH

#11 Feb 5, 2013
I live in the mountains in bear and cougar territory, and yeah, i'm on their turf. So long as they dont bother me I wont bother them. That is how it has been. We see them occasionally, and they run off as soon as they see us, because they are afraid. I am the first to protest when the HOA where i live begins talking about getting hound dogs up here to chase them off if they havent become threatening. But when they come sniffing around, and do become threatening, I probably would shoot the animal. For my safety, and my children's safety, not just my dog's safety. If it comes around once and gets what it wants, it will come again. It could become less scared, and might soon become aggressive towards humans. The first time a little dog, the next time a big dog, the next time a small child. There had been multiple cougar sightings in the area recently, in peoples yards, threatening dogs. It is likely these were the same cougars, and they were very desperate for food to be in such close proximity to humans. They needed to be put down. I feel much safer when i get home from work, and climb on my snowmobile to my cabin knowing that these specific cougars are gone.

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