Skip to comments.1 dead in wildcat attack at Oregon animal sanctuary
Posted on 11/10/2013 5:24:15 PM PST by BBell
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Authorities say an employee at an Oregon animal sanctuary has been attacked and killed by a wildcat.
Sgt. Robert Wurpes of the Clackamas County Sheriff's office says the attack was reported Saturday night at WildCat Haven in the suburban Portland community of Sherwood.
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I’d say it was a big, pissed off wildcat.
According to another news report, it was a cougar. I’d rather be around lions or tigers than cougars.
...except for the Courtney Cox variety.
Why do people mess around with these things?
We had a lion kill here (took out a ewe). Everything the enviros say about them is BS. They kill more than one animal, they do not always eat what they kill and never eat in its entirety what they kill, they kill guard animals, and they will come into a barn to get the animals they want. I have had 8 ewes killed in one lion attack. Enviros express surprise when guard dogs and guard animals are killed (llamas and donkeys). A gentleman I do some day work for lost a 450 calf to a lion.
Wake up folks, if it can take a 450 calf, a 300 pound llama,a 150 guard dog, a 200 pound ewe you ain’t diddly to this thing. Relocation is giving your problem to someone else and making it more difficult to remove them later.
Rescue and rehabilitation is idiocy. You may as well have Chuckie Manson as a preschool teacher.
I worked with a man that had shot a cougar in self defense. He rounded some bushes and surprised it while he was deer hunting in the mountains of Northern AZ. He had pictures of it and the deer carcass it was feeding on.
There are recent tracks and sign here from two mountain lions walking along the north and south boundaries of my place. There’s bear sign along the east and west boundaries (bears probably gone into hibernation very recently. It’s as if the creatures are patrolling here. :-) They haven’t come closer or bothered anything, BTW.
What’s really weird, is that some of the coyotes have been acting differently. Various lone coyotes have walked slowly, laterally across the place in daylight at about 250 yards while looking sideways at me. They don’t come any closer, either, but coyotes don’t usually behave that way. They’ve been doing that since last spring. Normally, coyotes would run straight away if seen during daylight and weren’t seen during the day so often.
Judging by their record, I doubt it’s a Kentucky Wildcat.......
The sanctuary kept all kinds of wildcats and they haven’t identified which one did it yet.
We have bobcats here. Occasionally you’ll see a sign at a park that reads something like “Warning: bobcat spotted in this area. If you see one, don’t run away. If it attacks you, fight it off however you can”. Well, duh.
Wildlife slowly loses fear of humans if not hunted. This can become dangerous with large predators. Or, maybe some addlepated treehugger has been feeding them, always a fantastic idea, lol.
According to another news report, it was a cougar.
Ya gotta watch out for that PMS! Almost got me a couple times over the years, thought I was safe until....menopause. Okay, sorry ladies, truth is I have never run into anything as bitchy as a cranky old man.
All true on mountain lion behavior. Well said. Sorry about your sheep. Looks like you need to get rid of some predators.
They haven’t bothered much around here, yet, because there aren’t many people or livestock in the area (short season range steers gone before fall at this high elevation). The lions tend to follow antelope, elk, etc., so far, and they don’t know what to make of us. They have been multiplying, though, and the drought is continuing somewhat (fewer ruminants around, makes ‘em hungrier). They tend to be more dangerous in areas with more human population than this (parks and the like).
A pistol is good for anyone very aware, fast and accurate enough with pointing (dark, no time to aim in the event of a lion attack), but carrying a light is very important. If it isn’t possible to have a light while out at night, one should look behind oneself often (seen and noticed by lions).
Widcats, aka bobcats simply aren’t known for this kind of thing, attacking humans, they’re really pretty small; it’s more than likely a cougar.
I think it probably depends on the size and boldness of the bobcat. I have heard of wildcats killing large animals, though. They’re extremely fierce.
What originally caused predators to flee at the sight of humans, was the fact that we used to kill them on sight. But we haven't been doing this for a long while. This means they may now be considering us as potential prey.
Thank the "environmentalists".
Thank the "environmentalists".
You nailed it. When you could still hunt mountains lions in California, you rarely, if ever saw one in the wild. Now I find their tracks all over where I work on the outskirts of town and occasionally in my front yard. I have also had fleeting glimpses of lions running into the brush nearby my home three times in the last four years.
We went almost 80 years without a problem with lions until the 1990s, and what is it up to now? 15 or more people killed by them in the last decade?
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
There’s something more going on with predators over the past year and a half or so. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s the drought here. Maybe it’s something else. Don’t know for sure. There aren’t nearly as many red tailed hawks as before, but the population of rough-legged hawks and golden eagles is unusually thick around here—ever-present.
Shoot! One of us needs relief!
Well shoot up here amongst us. One of us has gots to have some relief.
You’ll love this; we may not take a lion without a depredation permit unless it is in the process of taking stock. I lost the ewe on a Friday evening and called Fish and Game. They refused to send an officer and said that permits were now issued through a wild life biologist who would not be in until Monday. I contacted the fed trapper so to have someone to verify the kill. We wait until Monday morning and are denied the permit because we waited too long and might get an animal other than the perp.
Beautiful, eh? And people want to give the government more authority.
It was an ACME wildcat!
Those are some ugly regulations. Which state? I’m in CO and plan to read the latest wildlife regs on predation as soon as possible.
Hope this brings a smile, although you already know how sheep and goats tend to behave.
My dad used to tell my brother and I that 'the only thing harder than catching a bobcat is letting go of it once you caught it.' The mental imagery always made me laugh.
I suspect that a litter of coyote pups birthed nearby tends to acclimate to your presence and gets more comfortable than the preceding generation. Just a theory.
That’s a great guess. Thanks! When the weather looks like it’s going to get wet enough, we’ll finish fencing and probably get some yaks (too cold and too much ice for cattle). That would solve the problem. Yaks require slightly better fencing and will chase predators away.
Sic your yak on them!