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Mountain lion kills cow

by , Posted to on 03/23/2007 07:00 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
The Associated Press - Friday, March 23, 2007

TIOGA, N.D.

A cow found dead in a pasture last week may have been attacked by a mountain lion, wildlife officials say.
John Paulson, who works with the federal Agriculture Department's Wildlife Service office in Bismarck, said it would be the first case of a mountain lion killing domestic livestock in North Dakota in many years.
Tioga-area rancher Francis Franson discovered the dead cow, weighing about 1,200 pounds, last Tuesday and notified authorities who used a plane to try to track the cougar. They found no sign of one.
Paulson said the cow showed signs of a mountain lion attack.
"Some of the more typical signs that we look for is the attack site. In this case, it was on the back of the neck," Paulson said. A mountain lion would tend to eat the heart and other organs first, "and that is what happened with this particular cow," he said.
Paulson said mountain lion sightings have been reported in the Tioga area in recent weeks, and authorities confirmed a track about eight miles from the site of the attack on the cow.
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Information from: KXMC-TV, http://kxmc.com
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Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 07:09 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
Maybe we can get a picture like the "Bad Beaver" only it will be a "Bad Lion!" Maybe this one likes good North Dakota beef instead of venison and porcupine filets!
Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 07:10 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: NE
Not that this isn't true, but I find it hard to believe that a lion would attack a 1200 lb. cow.  Interesting story though.
Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 07:13 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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If I was a lion I'd take the easy meal too.

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Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 07:15 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Yeah I find that really weird that a lion would attack a 1200lb cow, because it isnt like they attack 800-900lb elk that run alot faster, are you kidding me.
Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 07:20 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: NE
Easy meal?    I've been stomped on and thrown over the fence, if I were a mean vicious cougar from ND I'd take my chances with a pheasant or even a deer.  Youn gcalf, horse, chicken...
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by on 03/23/2007 07:22 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Not that I am saying the story is untrue, but I do have one question and feel free to correct me if I am wrong but don't coyotes also go after the organs and entrails first? Not trying to emply that a coyote took down the cow, but if the cow died of natural causes, then i'm sure the coyotes would think it was christmas.

I hope this does not take on the mentality that ranchers have in such places as Montana with the wolves, kill them all.

 

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Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 07:22 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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They figure the cow was bedded and the lion made its move. It was also spotted right next to the town of Tioga by the local police dept.
Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 07:25 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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It was a lion. The Game and Fish confirmed the kill as being so. This gentlemen lives not far from my home and is my children's bus driver. They figure the lion jumped the cow when it was bedded down for the night, catching it by surprise, and the gig was up... the lion had a meal.

The G&F actually tried to locate the cat to kill it, but never found it. They're not sure if it's the same cat or not, but a local police officer in Tioga shined one with his spotlight recently as well, and there's been tracks in the Tioga area that have been confirmed as lion tracks too.

There's been other sightings of lions in the area previous to this as well. G&F still thinks it's a male that is transient and looking for new territory. They say that the White Earth Valley is kind of a natural travel route for them to come through when looking for new territory.

I kind of hope they move in and stay. =o) My wife doesn't like hearing that though.

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Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 07:39 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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I've been waiting to kill one since they opened a season in this state, and now they're moving even closer to me! yee haa
It's kind of freaky, but at the same time its a rush. I just hope I see one from a distance, and not one right on me when the time comes.
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Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 08:21 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Yeah I don't think there needs to be any more proof that this was a lion and it was out to fill its belly!  Livestock has and will continue to be one of the lions easiest meals.  Cows are big but a big cat will handle his own.  Do you guys watch the Discovery Channel?  They clamp on and hold until there isn't any life or the animal is so disoriented and tired it lays down.  Then, whalla, they are eating pumping organs.  Nasty death but that's nature.  PETA loves it I'm sure...

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Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 08:24 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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I guess I don't understand why the G&F were going to kill it? Just because it killed a cow...that's what Mt.Lions do. Like Tim said If I was a Lion I would take the easy meal as well. It doesn't make much sense to to reintroduce them here in ND and then kill one because it got an easy meal. Sounds to me like the G&F should just fork over $$$ for the dead cow and chalk it up to a lucky cat.
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Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 08:32 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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My son and I were out shed hunting Tuesday, and we came across some mountain lion tracks in the snow. I took photos of them and will post them as soon as I find my camera cord. We discovered the tracks 10 miles west of Bantry, ND within 100 yards of the Granville Highway.


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Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 08:40 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Are you sure its not another government conspiracy Schitzo? That seems to be your answer for everything these days.
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by on 03/23/2007 08:42 AM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Well rutn4fun
The Farmers and Ranchers have the pull in this state.
Kind of like a math problem
Farmers and Ranchers have the land = guaranteed gratis= $ for fencing to keep out deer = paying peanuts for National Grassland grazing for their cattle = 1 call on a killed cow and Game and Fish are there to take care of the lion.

What bothers me is that being a farmer and rancher is no longer a gamble. I should become one because you really lose nothing, when you lose something.

Your crops fail/ you get compensation/ or money to replant
Your cow gets eaten/ you get insurance or Game and Fish to the rescue
You live along the Missouri or Yellowstone/ all the free water you can handle

Sorry for sounding bias, I know the farmers and ranchers supply us with what humans and North Dakotans need. But every job has a partical of risk. Except farming anymore.
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Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 08:59 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Would I be out of line to pull up all of the hundreds of posts from past threads where people claimed a mountain lion would never attack livestock?

I'm glad the cats are here. I don't care if a few more cows go down while they move in either. The fact that this cow getting killed has so many FBO'ers choking on their words offers enough satisfaction for me to make it all worth it.
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by on 03/23/2007 09:06 AM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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What is the story on the 1200lb. cow dakota1977?  Must have been bedded alone?  You'd figure with calving season on the way or starting a lion would take easier prey, like a calf, or a few calves.  

Talbertson, 

I think you should become a farmer.  You've got it figured out.

Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 09:13 AM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
enough already there rutn4fun with the reintroducing thing. That is childs play talk. It is natural for the puma to roam. Get real.

It's calving season. A downed cow for whatever reason would be a piece of cake for a lion. My neighbor is all upset now too because of the kill and then they come with this crap about "oh ya, well, well, well what if they attack some kid or something?" Get real! Kids are killed everyday in car wrecks for pete sake, what do we do, walk!

talbertson, you should be ignored but......no ignore,...ant it is!

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by on 03/23/2007 09:14 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Dirty,

If you do pull up all those past posts, one might say you pulled a Stizo...Think about it!! :D
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Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 09:18 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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talbertson, I'm sure you will get blasted by some for your ag comments above. Farming is no picnic. If you think it is an occupation with guaranteed income you are kidding yourself.
I work in the credit industry and speak to farmers daily who go under. Sure there are some who were bad managers but there are also many uncontrollable variables as with any business.
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Re: Mountain lion kills cow
by on 03/23/2007 09:20 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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All this talk of killing a mountain lion poses one question from me - Can you eat a cat, if not why kill it then? Not that I'm partial to cats of any kind, but killing just to kill to me seems wrong.
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