Cougar attack and sighting near Mile 54

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It didn't bury the carcasses of the goats, and could still come back, but that is less likely since it did not return last night.

"Normally if it had a feed it would normally come back, but sometimes they don't, and we're not sure if this one will come back or not," he explains. "Normally they come back that first night and it didn't so you never can tell."

The livestock attack occurred just before 7 p.m. Monday night, and conservation officers searched until 11:30 p.m. Traps were also set unsuccessfully.

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Parker says they've known of a cougar in the area on and off for a couple months, but no one has seen it, only heard it. This is the first time it has killed any livestock. While there's no need for residents to panic as cougars are rare in this area, it still prudent to keep an eye on livestock and small children.

"There's cougars around, and you just have to be careful. You very seldom see them, and when they do start coming in and killing sheep or goats or dogs or cats, well then we have to do something," he says. However, he adds, "There's not that many, and the chance of getting injured is very slim."

Parker says residents should simply be on the alert for it, and if they see a cougar, or notice any animals missing, they should call conservation officers at 1-800-663-9453.

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