Aloha residents fear cougar attacking horses

Aloha residents fear cougar attacking horses

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by Abbey Gibb, KGW Staff

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Posted on March 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 16 at 9:14 AM

ALOHA, Ore. – Aloha residents think a cougar roaming their rural neighborhood killed a horse and injured two others – and they’re frustrated wildlife officials can't do anything about it.

Shauna Wheeler said the cougar attacked her young Peruvian Paso last Friday night while the horse was in the pasture. She thinks the cougar jumped the fence, bit her horse several times and then tried to drag it through the fence on her property along SW Farmington Road.

She showed the evidence to an animal control officer Tuesday, but he said there was little he could do because there were no clear prints proving that the animal was definitely a cougar.

“The bite marks are here on her neck and there’s two here that are really deep,” Wheeler said, pointing to marks on her horse.

Wheeler’s horse survived but a stallion down the road did not. A rider found that horse dead in the woods with its face almost chewed off.

"This whole area on his face was chewed. His eyelids were gone and a part of his ear missing,” Wheeler said.

There were no clear tracks preserved in that incident, either.

In all, area residents have reported three similar attacks since January.

Oregon does not have a relocation program for cougars. So if residents can eventually prove that a cougar was behind the attacks, that animal would have to be trapped and killed.

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