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Mountain lion snatches Boulder terrier
daily camera ^ | December 29, 2008 | Vanessa Miller

Posted on 12/29/2008 5:54:20 PM PST by george76

Colorado Division of Wildlife officers are searching the Boulder area for a mountain lion that grabbed a couple's Jack Russell Terrier late Christmas Eve outside their home ...

The owner had stepped outside with the small dog about 11 p.m. to take some garbage to the alley and told wildlife officers that she "got a creepy feeling," division spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said.

The woman ran back indoors, Churchill said, and accidentally left her dog outside. When the woman realized her pet wasn't with her, she got in her car, where she felt safer, and drove back into the alley with her lights on.

"When she drove into the alley, she saw the lion standing there with the dog in its mouth," Churchill said. "She honked her horn and flashed the lights."

But the lion ran through neighboring yards with the dog still in its jaws...

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TOPICS: Food; Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: colorado; cougar; doggieping; jackrussell; lion; mountainlion; terrier; wildlife
why are they searching for the mountain lion?

Do they want to bring it in for questioning?

Put it in a photo lineup?

Perhaps see if its DNA links it

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1 posted on 12/29/2008 5:54:20 PM PST by george76
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To: jazusamo; proud_yank; girlangler; MtnClimber; rellimpank; jan in Colorado; MileHi

Jennifer Churchill


2 posted on 12/29/2008 5:55:15 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
grabbed a couple's Jack Russell Terrier

I have never seen a Jack Russel back down.......he was protecting his family. Good boy and RIP, saved your dumb owners life.

3 posted on 12/29/2008 5:59:02 PM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: george76

4 posted on 12/29/2008 6:02:04 PM PST by JoeProBono (I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma)
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To: george76
Poor dog and I'm sorry for their loss. In Parker Colorado, small dogs and cats are never safe left alone or unsupervised, not even in the back yard. I was watching my friends Maltese and there was an owl in my tree scoping him out. I would have never seen it if my black lab had not alerted me.

I lost my cat Elway several years ago when he accidentally got outside and he was never seen or heard from again.

5 posted on 12/29/2008 6:03:09 PM PST by Glacier Honey
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kitty 1, doggie 0 ping


6 posted on 12/29/2008 6:05:16 PM PST by GQuagmire
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To: george76

I remember in ‘90 when a lion got a 65 pound springer spaniel in Colorado Springs... my first thought “Too fat to run, too stupid to fight.”

Nothing changes.


7 posted on 12/29/2008 6:05:27 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: ScreamingFist
Yes, my point being, you cannot ever leave a pet unattended no matter what the size is.

My friend neighbor lost their Newfoundland in Franktown Col to a mountain lion three years ago. Everyone thought another family member had let her in for the night.

8 posted on 12/29/2008 6:06:24 PM PST by Glacier Honey
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To: george76
accidentally left her dog outside

If the tables were turned, that little dog wouldn't have abandoned her.

No dog of mine would be "accidentally left outside" to face possible death alone. The only reason I'd leave would be to get a weapon.

She probably freaked out and ran, then guilt got the best of her, imho.

9 posted on 12/29/2008 6:10:28 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: george76

“accidentally left her dog outside”

Um... “DUH”


10 posted on 12/29/2008 6:12:36 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: george76

Interesting about that “creepy feeling.” I’ve had it too and for the same reason. It’s kind of interesting how good ol’ Mister Shotgun makes the feeling go away.


11 posted on 12/29/2008 6:13:36 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: george76
Title should read:

"Mountain Lion Gets to Eat Dinner in Boulder, CO"

12 posted on 12/29/2008 6:16:26 PM PST by LiberConservative ("We gonna get PAID!" - Obama voter)
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To: Glacier Honey
Yes, my point being, you cannot ever leave a pet unattended no matter what the size is

Understood. I believe this lady lived because the little terrier was there, I could be wrong, of course. Big cats scare me, and any sensible human. A blocking dog can mean the difference between running, pulling your weapon or death. This lady had no weapon......then again this is an urban area.

I Don't mean to sound harsh, and I have always loved the little terriers.

13 posted on 12/29/2008 6:17:57 PM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: ScreamingFist

A friend of mine has raised Jack Russell litters for over a decade. Bright, energetic, fierce little dogs, such a big heart. I’ve always been partial to Labs, myself, but those Jacks sure are fun. Especially at agility trials.


14 posted on 12/29/2008 6:23:14 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: george76

—any connection to Ward?


15 posted on 12/29/2008 6:31:02 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: george76

Old Jennifer has been busy in and around Boulder this year, they need to thin the cougar population.


16 posted on 12/29/2008 6:38:44 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: rellimpank

No DNA that I know of but similar political views.


17 posted on 12/29/2008 6:40:24 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

There is a political side to this mountain lion problem here in Colorado. The good voters took it upon themselves to regulate mountain hunting. When growing up there was hardly ever a report of mountain lions eating pets. They were hunted with dogs and they learned to avoid humans. Now we have a generation of lions with no fear.....and people have built their houses in prime lion country.....

Dogs and cats are easy meals.


18 posted on 12/29/2008 6:42:49 PM PST by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Trteamer

We should empty Denver and Boulder of all liberals sending them out of state.

Then re-install the spring Bear hunting season.


19 posted on 12/29/2008 6:52:39 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Its ORGANIC!


20 posted on 12/29/2008 7:45:37 PM PST by ricks_place
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To: Billthedrill
“Interesting about that “creepy feeling.””

I was in Boulder last Friday and had that “creepy feeling” I was worried my truck might be vandalized because of my bumper sticker.

I felt I was in the twilight zone.

21 posted on 12/29/2008 8:12:34 PM PST by Glacier Honey
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To: ScreamingFist
Not being harsh. Mountain lions have been known to attack horses.

Boulder backs up to the foothills and anyone should be careful. My friends in Franktown have 10 acres and never let their kids play outside without their two labs with them. Even when on their dirt bikes or ATVs the dogs go with them.

You can never be too careful especially when there are mountain lions that are known to pass through.

That ML might have attacked that woman if the dog was not there.

22 posted on 12/29/2008 8:16:57 PM PST by Glacier Honey
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To: Glacier Honey
Yeah, Boulder is a liberal Twilight Zone. Weird little city. It's not all bad, though - Soldier Of Fortune magazine is published out of Boulder... ;-)
23 posted on 12/29/2008 8:17:53 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Glacier Honey
We live way out in the sticks and have seen mountain lions on numerous occasions. Thankfully our puppy has never been bothered by one though...

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24 posted on 12/29/2008 8:31:59 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: Glacier Honey

I live SW of Boulder and have had more problems with black bears and boulder hippies than mountain lions. In my opinion, you should be prepared to effectively shoot any of these if the situation warrants.


25 posted on 12/29/2008 9:15:05 PM PST by MtnClimber (You don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,)
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To: GQuagmire

Jack Russell Terriers are the greatest dogs in the world. Poor baby.


26 posted on 12/29/2008 11:35:13 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Every few generations the really, really bad ideas come back around for another go."--Howard Tayler)
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To: Trteamer
There is a political side to this mountain lion problem here in Colorado.

Same goes for bears.

27 posted on 12/30/2008 7:39:51 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Glacier Honey
I was there for a little project at a school. The parking lot looked like an 0bama rally. And I don't know what those folks do with all the school funds, but their buildings are definitely maintenance free zones.
28 posted on 12/30/2008 7:43:57 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: ScreamingFist
I've worked around mountain lions for years in CA. They don't look for prey that is taller than them. They walk right by me in search of rabbits. Just go to the cantina for a nice hot chili rellino dinner with a beer on the side for lunch.

And blow a good smelly phart when you get back. Those poor dogs will run down that hill with their tongues hanging out and their tails between they're legs faster than you can smell your own phart. And the are already 300 feet from you.

29 posted on 12/30/2008 9:11:30 AM PST by BobS
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