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March 29, 2013

Suspected mountain lion sightings reported in county

By CHRISTIN COYNE

ANNETTA – After weeks of losing goats on the Annetta property where he works, Lucas Borth said he drove up last week on what he believes to be a feeding mountain lion.

Borth, a mechanic for Ledford Services, said he arrived at work on the property in the 1100 block of Airport Road earlier than usual, around 6:30 a.m., and saw something large in the distance that was not a goat.

He said he turned on his high-beam lights on and saw the mountain lion about a 150 yards away.

“That cat just leaped the fence,” Borth said.

Borth said he was able to get a pretty clear view of the animal and estimated the lion was about as big as a doe and stood at least as tall as his waist.

Dennis Ledford said they lost six goats in about two months, about one per week. 

Four baby goats disappeared but the predator didn’t take the two adult animals over the fence, according to Ledford.

“Nobody knew what it was until he saw it,” Ledford said.

They had started penning the goats up to prevent loss of the animals but someone had not put the livestock in the pens that night, according to Borth.

After the animal left, Borth said he checked on the goats and found one dead.

It was still warm and had been eaten in the stomach area, according to Borth.

Borth said he saw one in West Texas at a distance but had never seen one this close up.

“I thought about it all day,” Borth said of the incident.

Jesse Oetgen, a wildlife biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife, said they do receive quite a few calls about mountain lion sightings but haven’t had any reports in Parker County confirmed in recent years.

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