Skip to comments.Mountain lions raid ranches (A Big Cat)
Posted on 04/17/2012 11:58:05 AM PDT by Red Steel
The ranchers in Indian Valley, Genesee and Taylorsville, Plumas Co. have had 7 mountain lions killed this year after they had lost pets and livestock. One after this one was killed. Alicia Knadler, Indian Valley editor, wrote the following story in the March 27 Lassen County Times.
"Blood and gore and the blank stares of his baby and adult goats greeted Genesee youth Paul Astles when he went to do his chores in the barn before school Monday, March 12.
"He discoved a full-scale slaughter of his kids and adults. (Heather Kingdon told me he lost nine head that night.) "It was a mess in there," said a fellow rancher who saw it.
"Astles is the same young man who lost several goats to mountain lions in late January.
"There were four lions together on that hunt, according to Heather Kingdon, the neighbor whose border collie puppy was snatched off the porch by a lion the day before. That lion was killed with the dog's body still in its mouth.
"Kingdon saw three lions that were probably a mother and her young, and another adult, a rather skinny female.
"She was afraid this new kill was another group hunt, unheard of in mountain lions, but a professional tracker doesn't think so. "I saw one track, a big one", she said, before preparing for yet another night hunt Tuesday, March 13.
"A lion's modus operandi is to partially bury its kill and return to feed at a later time, probably the next night. And that is exactly when the hunter met the biggest tomcat he'd ever seen in his life.
"It was a monster cat," he said.
"Estimates were that it weighed close to 200 pounds. Lions do not hunt in groups, that is one thing he and the experts at the Dept. of Fish and Game agree on.
DFG public information officer Andrew Hughan was emphatic about that and refused to validate the possibility of a group hunt by other than a mother and her young.
"There is no history, science or evidence to support that," he said. "Mountain lions are solitary animals."
"This makes the sixth mountain lion killed in Indian Valley since late January.
"The fifth one was killed in the Williams Valley area of Greenville in late February. To learn more and find safety tips, visit the DFG mountain lion information page at dfg.ca.gov/news/issues/lion .
"Heather Kingdon authored a guest post about this experience Thursday, March 15, on thebeefjar.com .
"Scroll down the page to see her story and pictures titled "Guest Post: Active Environmentalist." Heather wrote: "The few live goats that are left are locked in the barn where the mare and foals are housed. The bodies of the nine (9) dead are piled in one place, so the lion will come to a distinct area. A trick wire is placed on the top goat's carcass so when it is moved an alarm that the Tracker has, will go off. The waiting begins. At 10 p.m. the alarm is sounded. Our hound man gets his dogs and as he approaches the barn he see the lion emerge from the barn and leap over the 6'6" fence without touching, loping across the arena and heading toward the mountain. The hounds give chase and soon the lion is treed. It is huge. The biggest lion our tracker has ever seen in his many years. The lion is shot and falls, the wind is howling and the rain is here, coming down in sheets."
"Document the damage. Document the results. Document the loss. All are documented, all is legal. The depredation was a success; yet there is no celebration at the Walking G Ranch. The dead are counted and the living are being cared for by the young man, Paul, of 13 years of age who they belong to. The nannies that are alive have lost their young, the young that survived have lost their mothers. Each kid must be fed three times a day and the nannies milked, for they won't accept another's young at this point. Chores are a welcome distraction. The filling of water buckets, cleaning the stalls. Chickens to be let out. Horses fed."
That thar kitty-cat would be good eatin'!
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is trying to figure out why the deer numbers are down and the mountain lion and wolf numbers are up.
The liberal plan is to increase the number of large predators to the point that game animal numbers drop so low that they can justify outlawing hunting. Not because they care about the deer, because they don’t. They want to get rid of all those private firearms.
First I’ve ever heard of “Canned hunting.” We always called it “Put and Take.” I never had much use for that type of hunting, but there are all kinds.
And they don’t want to get rid of private firearms because they care about people being shot, because they don’t care. It’s just that they want to control the guns in this country so that they, the liberals, determine who the guns are pointed at. If you won’t listen to them now and obey them, then the guns are going to be pointed at you. They’re just that dangerous.
You sure find it easy to be critical of things you don’t know anything about - Try living where you have to get your meat yourself instead of nicely wrapped in a grocery store. You will change your mind, and damn quick. I guarantee it.
Luckily these predators were not sentient. Look at
Radley Balko’s The Agitator today for a different scenario.
“Those two hix in the pictures are right out of Deliverance movie.”
You don’t spend much time outside the city, do you?
You know about the Michigan farmer who just lately had
to shoot (not slaughter, shoot) all his pigs? Natural News
via Radley Balko.
I was just thinking I had spent too much time reading FR
today. Then I saw your comment. I feel so dumb I didn’t
realize that myself.
I thought Fawn’s comment was made ironically. I was wrong.
My parents have a serious problem with feral hogs in SGA. Periodically all the local residents break out the shotguns. The big boar hogs still periodically disembowel dogs, tear up everybody's yard like you wouldn't believe, and forget about a garden. Even electrified fence won't keep them out.
They do keep the sows and piglets around, because they DO eat the rattlesnakes. What with the feral hogs, the snakes, and the alligators in my parents' farm pond, I do not take my precious hunting dogs to visit!
You continually have this warped view of man, and animals.
You mentioned GOD. Have you ever thought about what GOD has said about humans and animals?
Question: "Who is worth more in God's eyes....a human, or a dog"?
How classless, disturbing and sick!!!! UGH!!!!!!
Oh...geesh..don’t feed the monkey’s comes to mind.
Not to mention the dogs, cats, and other pet's the mountain lions have killed.
As long as I've known of her....fawn doesn't get it.
Maybe she can't...........I dunno.
You are very gentle, and kind.
Freaks I hope one day to see them hanging.