09-07-2011, 09:24 AM
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I disagree that the horses should be locked up at night based on what the OP "heard". I mean, we ALL know how heresay works....and we've all "heard" that people see all kinds of things , from UFOs to sasquatch to yeti....
I would take what you "hear" with a grain of salt. After all, how in the world could anyone with good vision mistake a bobcat for a cougar??!! It being this bobcat/cougar either does NOT exist and people just need something to talk about, or it is ONE or THE OTHER....it cannot be both bobcat and cougar.....and telling the difference is EASY to anyone with eyes....so the fact that what you "heard" was that there was either a bobcat or a cougar tells me that whoever started this heresay didn't actually get a good look at this animal or they would know the difference. Or that they made it up.
Ask you local law enforcement, call the local dept of agriculture and ask if there have been any reports of livestock missing or killed or any cougar reports.....don't make life decisions based on heresay
As for bobcats, they are everywhere in our rural country.....they are not a threat to horses.....unless rabid......
So don't give in to those who want to spread fear or worry.
Check up on the rumor, and that IS all it is, a rumor....YOURSELF with the proper authorities in your area.