A Mountain Lion Got Their Goat, Says Miranda Wastewater Plant’s Operator in Training
At first, Carey wasn’t sure what had taken the little goat, but then he found the tracks. “[A]fter that I saw drag marks in the sand beds at the plant and after looking closer I could see big cat paw prints on either side of the drag marks,” Carey explained.
Kim Cabrera, a local tracker whose videos are often shared on this website, confirmed that the tracks and the behavior showed the “purposeful” stride of a mountain lion intent on its prey “with 95% certainty.”
This is likely not the first kill of domestic animals in the Miranda area, according to local residents. One warned that a number of pets, particularly cats have disappeared in the area recently.
According to Carey, he is now locking Barrington’s companion goat in a pen in the evenings. But he said, “The last 2 times [I] locked the remaining goat up at dusk, [I] heard a strange chirmp like noise up in the woods.” He believes the sound might come from the mountain lion.
Here’s information on the legality of killing the lion.
Here’s why some people believe that killing the mountain lion might not be a good idea. Here’s one reason: “Conventional wisdom holds that eliminating large male cougars keeps people and livestock safe. But Wielgus believes this paves the way for a bigger threat: unruly young males who move in from nearby areas and, unlike mature cougars who have learned to avoid humans, don’t always mind their manners.”