Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
HEHE IM TAKING OVER!!!! Looong story but it does relate to the op!!
Ya something like that happened where I used to live in Millspring, Missouri... One of the guys that kept a small herd of cows(maybe 70 head) on his land that is surrounded by woods in at the end of our small village(200 or less people) had a few of his cows get torn up (young cows couple hundred pounds, ripped to shreds) right in his fiels and the local conservation office confirmed that it was a large cat that did it. This was the area I used to walk my dog Jill, there was a dirt road that led back to an old logging road past his pastures... one day I was walking with Jill in early fall and I saw a couple of tracks in the middle of the muddy path next to some poo.. the tracks looked like a giant version of my cats paws and the poo had some little boned and stuff in it(yes I poked at it with a stick, I grew up in the woods and I wanted to know what animal was in the area) while I was messing with the poo Jill started like a really looow growl and froze and her hackles started raising up and I FREAKED!!! My heart was beating like a hundred miles an hour, here I was less than 500yards from the field where the cows were killed, all alone and standing right next to some obviously catty tracks, plus jill was freaking out, she never spazzed at other dogs so I know it must have ben something else... I started looking around to see if I could spot it but I saw nothing all I could think was great im for dinner and I can't even see what is watching me. So I did what my gut told me and I didnt run though I wanted to( I've always heard that stirs animals to attack, it evoked their predatory response faster than if you keep walking) I turned back toward home but stayed facing where jill was growling(shed already peed herself she was so scared... which really didnt help me) and walked till I was out of the woods... then I ran like crazy!!! Needless to say I wasnt attacked but it sure scared the heck out of me and I really do think I was being stalked or at least watched by a large cat(bobcat or mountain lion).
Then a few weeks later we got a call from the owners of the field we kept our horses in saying theyd broken the fence and were running in the highway.So we packed up the trailer really quick grabbed feed buckets and halters and first aid kit and booked it to the field which was about 4 miles away. Turns out Bo our ancient(we arent sure his age im thinking mid 20's) gelding with severe arthritis in his rear legs had been so freaked out by something that he broke through the 6 strand heavy duty(not the little silvery barbed wire but the heavy duty cow strand the steel stuff I think) barbed wire fence and the others ran after him a mile down the highway. His legs were torn to pieces, it was impossible to see if he was actually attacked by something because he was so messed up but he had some wicked gashes on his rump and sides( and he is a huge animal over 16 hands). After we got him under control(he wouldnt let us take him back to the pasture so we loaded him up in the trailer to take him home) and got the others back(they were freaked but not nearly as bad as Bo) in the pasture, we walked the field to see if maybe a tree had fallen and spooked him but we found nothing besieds a big torn up spot a few feet from where he broke the fence. Im not saying he was attacked by a cat but it takes a lot to make a horse to freak that bad and go through a fence....
Alot of stuff has happened like that to the livestock in the area, it is really scary but the only one they confirmed as cougar was the cows cause they found a tooth that had been knocked out apparently when the cow was trying to fight it off...
Scary stuff, hehe sorry I wrote so much!!
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