Mountain Lion Attacks in Colorado Cause Concerns for Pets

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 4 months ago

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A string of mountain lion attacks on dogs in the Nederland area has left many community members concerned about the safety of their pets.

Nederland resident Peter James said the community has lost around 12 to 15 dogs to lion attacks in the past six months. Most of the attacks are logged on a wildlife tracker James said was created by a local designer.

“It’s gotten sort of out of hand and it needs to be addressed,” he said. “It kind of feels like, is the community responsible for maintaining this kind of safety?”

On Monday, a woman in Rollinsville shared in a Nederland Facebook group that she watched her Australian Shepherd get snatched off her porch by a mountain lion. James said group members have also posted about attacks on a Doberman and a Great Pyrenees.

Three weeks ago, James said around 50 people attended a Colorado Parks and Wildlife lecture on mountain lion safety at the Nederland Community Center, with over 70 tuning in remotely. Some residents, he said, are even concerned about kids becoming targets.

“This lion is now coming up on decks, taking dogs that are 100 pounds, and we’re worried about a little kid who weighs maybe 40 pounds,” he said.

Jill Dreves, executive director of Wild Bear Nature Center in Nederland, said she has noticed a pattern of recent lion attacks near Ridge Road and Magnolia Road.

“There is an increase,” she said. “It’s not made up. There’s a big increase in dogs getting taken by mountain lions.”

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“I think the most important thing is to understand that we are sharing a habitat with the mountain lions, bears, moose and all the other wildlife,” Dreves said.

In another report, “Since early November, she had been contending with the lions, which she says had been “actively stalking” her mini horse and daughter’s pony. Her tenant, Sarah Bennett, had also encountered them on early-morning runs with her dog, Bagel.

The lions had been around for weeks by that point. Rose had seen them watching the horses from a hillside on her land in the Roosevelt National Forest. Reports of lions attacking dogs in her immediate neighborhood, coupled with their sudden interest in the livestock and Bagel, had put her nervous system in “overdrive,” she says.

The night she texted CPW was a breaking point. A lion had been sitting outside of Bennett’s garden-level door, seemingly waiting for her to bring Bagel outside to pee. Bennett saw it 25 feet away and rushed the dog back inside. “I felt like it knew our patterns,” Rose says. “It knew Bagel lived there, and it was waiting to attack.”

What are the authorities going to do about it?

“As morbid and messed up as it sounds, if we just have a dog getting attacked or killed and no human involvement, then it’s just lions doing lion things and we can’t kill them,” Peterson said. “But if we were responding to every pet that was killed by wildlife with lethal removal, then we would be spending the majority of our time as officers (at least on the Front Range) doing that, and we would have to kill a lot of bears, lions, bobcats and coyotes. Instead, I think the best solution is advocating for responsible pet ownership and being diligent with your pets when living or visiting areas where wildlife are likely to be.”

I agree with everything he said, except the part about “we can’t kill them.”  Maybe he can’t but you sure can, and I sure would if a lion was threatening me or my family.  I find it oddball that people who live in Colorado would be surprised at this sort of thing.  Where do they think they live, anyway?

I did have to read this part several times to get the full force of it.

AJ Koziel’s 90-pound Bernese mountain dog mix, Duke, vanished from his house in the Gamble Gulch neighborhood near Rollinsville on Oct. 27.

Koziel let Duke outside to go to the bathroom. When he didn’t return, Koziel knew something was wrong. It was dark, so Koziel waited for morning to go looking. When he found Duke’s body, on a hillside above his house, he says he saw claw marks on his hips and most of his neck, “one shoulder hanging off to the side, and half of the skin on his face torn off.” As someone who honors the natural life-and-death cycle, Koziel said he left Duke’s body where it lay, “for the raven and his brothers to feast on.”

Astounding.  Men, you are responsible for your beasts, and that means protection too if needed.  Don’t let them out alone.  Carry large bore firearms with you.  Be prepared to shoot invaders, whether two-legged or four-legged.  Be men, not sheep.  I would never have waited to see if my dog came back home, but then I wouldn’t have sent him out alone either.

Better yet, extend the hunting season and send packs of dogs after the lions (or even set up in a deer stand and wait for the lions if you know they are scouting the area).  We’ll see who runs then.  A mountain lion may be fierce but is no match for a 45-70 round.

But I doubt that the hippies who moved in from California would allow something like that.  It’s just like the hippies to move into the bush and expect the .gov to make them safe.


Comments

  1. On January 4, 2023 at 3:59 am, Mike Austin said:

    I very much doubt that even if children began to be grabbed by the lions that those Colorado folks would ask for lions to be killed. You are dealing here with adults who sanction the slaughter of infants—sometimes their own—who vote pedophiles into office and who advocate the “transitioning” of little children. What’s a sacrifice now and then to Mother Nature when these sorts have been sacrificing to Moloch for 50 years?

  2. On January 4, 2023 at 5:26 am, Nosmo said:

    Something tells me the hippies will change their tune when the lions run out of dogs and start eating the hippies.

  3. On January 4, 2023 at 5:30 am, Chris said:

    Maybe the question should be, why haven’t they started shooting the hippies?
    CIII

  4. On January 4, 2023 at 6:16 am, Joe Blow said:

    Yeah, have to laugh at the woman with the dog bagel. “The lion knew our patterns, our behavior”.. he was hunting. Now its your turn stupid. Leave the carcass to the ravens, retrieve all of your brass, dunno nuffin occifer.

  5. On January 4, 2023 at 10:24 am, Don't mind me said:

    Mountain lion tastes really good.

  6. On January 4, 2023 at 10:30 am, Daniel Smith said:

    Unfortunately, the only real way to hunt lions is to chase them down with dogs.
    They aren’t like predators back east, and the landscape doesn’t constitute setting a blind up and waiting around for one. Which leads to the next problem with predator hunting…there just isn’t enough hunters engaging anymore, especially with hounds. It’s beginning to become phased out and some states are even outlawing the use of hounds citing “fair chase” nonsense.

  7. On January 4, 2023 at 12:09 pm, Jon said:

    45-70. A treed lion needs no more than a 22 mag from a revolver.
    Just carry and practice with any and every gun you carry. Stop with “rotating different models” Only thing i do is rotate different kinds at the range, you can use any of them, but carry one have a backup and another. Spare parts mean crap when youre under attack.

    Large bore smarge bore. Carry the maximum power you can handle in a training class. Train with defensive ammo.

    ALWAYS carry. if it isnt on you, you aint got one.

    Also stop reporting the defensive use against animals. Sure theyre tagged with a locator. There are thousand of 9mms, 40s, 10mms, 308s and 243s, 30-30s etc. Shoot and leave. dont walk up to it, dont expel your brass. If its leaving you/yours alone leave it lie.

  8. On January 4, 2023 at 12:44 pm, Latigo Morgan said:

    My cousin had a mountain lion skin on his wall from one he killed with a single shot from his .22 rifle when he was running a trap line in Arizona.

    A .45-70 will do the job, but just with a bigger hole x2.

    Too lazy and not concerned enough to see if Colorado outlawed hunting lions with dogs like Kalifornia did.

  9. On January 4, 2023 at 2:20 pm, Vicious Sid said:

    Used to work for the CEO of a corporation who also owned a dairy farm. The Feds reintroduced wolves or lions into the area. The farmers demanded a meeting with the wildlife folks. The Feds told the farmers if they killed the predators, they’d be prosecuted. Our CEO told them that he would shoot the first one he saw lurking around on his place. Don’t know if he had to but he sent a strong message. He was a no nonsense person; like we should all be when dealing with people who ignore reality.

  10. On January 4, 2023 at 2:41 pm, Dan said:

    I believe dogs are legally defined as property, if it were livestock – cattle, sheep, etc. then the parks department would compensate or remove the lion. People need to understand they moved into wildlife habitat, predators are going to prey.

  11. On January 4, 2023 at 6:23 pm, Heywood said:

    “But I doubt that the hippies who moved in from California would allow something like that. It’s just like the hippies to move into the bush and expect the .gov to make them safe.”

    That, my good man, sums it up beautifully.

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