Mountain lion snatches terrier from Boise backyard

Mountain lion snatches terrier from Boise backyard

Credit: Theresa Palmgren / KTVB

The Surprise Valley neighborhood where the attack happened

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by KTVB.COM

KREM.com

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 5:55 PM

BOISE -- Officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are searching for a mountain lion believed to have attacked and killed one dog and injured another in the Surprise Valley subdivision Tuesday morning.

Evin Oneale with IDFG says conservation officers continue to search for the mountain lion Wednesday, and may tranquilize and capture it, or kill it.

"The guys are looking for any sign of the animal itself," Oneale said. "I expect them to find something. They've put some trail cameras out yesterday afternoon."

However, another officer says those trail cameras haven't picked up any images of the cat so far, and it's possible the animal has moved on.

LION ATTACKS TERRIERS

Oneale says a woman called 911 Tuesday morning to report her two Yorkshire terriers had been injured by a bobcat, and one was missing.

However, conservation officers determined the offending cat was actually a mountain lion.

"They looked at the wounded dog first, and from the bite marks on that animal they determined it was not a bobcat," Oneale said.

Conservation officer Nick Forshee found the remaining dead Yorkshire terrier Tuesday morning.

"We went out behind her house, and I kind of walked a little trail and probably not more than 40 yards it was laying there," Forshee said.

Forshee says the woman told him she'd let her two Yorkshire terriers out to play in her backyard early Tuesday morning. He says the woman reportedly heard the dogs yelping, and when she looked into her backyard, she saw the mountain lion jump from a fence onto one of the dogs.

After yelling for help, the woman grabbed a baseball bat to fight the lion, but it had already disappeared, according to Forshee.

Officers tell KTVB they conducted a thorough search of the cliffs and trails near the subdivision and found no sign of the cat.

CATCH OR KILL IT?

Will the officers catch the cat or kill it?

"If we can get it treed, we can probably dart it," Oneale told KTVB. However, he added that because the cat had already killed a domestic animal, it could be considered more dangerous.

"It's up to the officers' discretion to shoot it," Oneale said.

Conservation officers have emailed a warning letter to a nearby homeowner's association asking them to watch for mountain lion tracks, keep small children inside, and be watchful and wary in low-light situations,

Meanwhile, Forshee told KTVB that trail cameras placed in the area yesterday hadn't captured images of the cat overnight.

"We just got one shot of a coyote," Forshee said.

He says that's good evidence the cat may have moved on.

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