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Mountain lion kills Wingfield Road mare

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 — A Wingfield Road resident who lives near the Peter Lassen Monument and asked not to be identified reports a 5-year-old mare was killed by a mountain lion in the early morning hours Thursday, Jan. 15.

The resident said the Lassen County trapper was searching for the lion, and she was concerned because many residents bike, jog and walk along that section of Wingfield Road. The newspaper was unable to contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife by deadline to confirm the resident’s report by deadline.

 

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-1 #17 grassfarmer 2015-01-24 01:42
[quote name="miyacaska win"]There are regional names for the cougar, from catamount to puma. Anyone with solid sense knows the LCT isn't referring to Panthera leo when they mention "lion," a common predator in the California landscape, including urban areas. It seems pedants have nothing more to argue about than vernacular semantics, which I'd profess is a positive thing.
dem's sum big werds ur usin...
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-5 #16 JOCK MAN 2015-01-22 07:14
Quoting benny wallace:
I hope the comments on this story are not a testimony to the intelligence of Lassen County residents.....time and place for humor, but this ain't it! How do we say "Grow up" in idiot?

You are right on Benny.......... ....... Support is in your lane..
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+8 #15 Samo Ranos 2015-01-21 01:43
I thought that "Cougars" we're middle-aged women looking for younger men!
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-5 #14 miyacaskawin 2015-01-20 19:35
There are regional names for the cougar, from catamount to puma. Anyone with solid sense knows the LCT isn't referring to Panthera leo when they mention "lion," a common predator in the California landscape, including urban areas. It seems pedants have nothing more to argue about than vernacular semantics, which I'd profess is a positive thing. Continue.
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-20 #13 Kat 2015-01-20 18:56
And, were the targeted audience limited to local ranchers, the title might be sufficient. But that is not the case, is it?
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-22 #12 Kat 2015-01-20 18:55
Never heard them called that by any of the ranchers around our area, Farmchick.
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-7 #11 farmchick 2015-01-20 18:45
Kat, you must not talk to many ranchers. We call them lions on a daily basis, and none of us thinks the other is talking about an African Lion.
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-19 #10 Kat 2015-01-20 18:34
Benny, Farmchick, as a matter of journalistic integrity, accuracy is key. Saying 'lion' immediately conjures the image of the much more famous cousin in Africa. 'Cluttering' is not the issue with the headline, accuracy is. I was born and raised in this county and have never heard a mountain lion called a lion...cougar, puma, you bet, but not a lion.
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-9 #9 farmchick 2015-01-20 18:22
I have to agree with Benny Wallace. For those who are not aware, a mare is a female horse or pony, and it is common to call a mountain lion a lion, as we do not have any other type of lion in this area. Why would the LCT or any news source clutter a headline with unnecessary words? To Judge Dread, venison, sheep, cattle as well as dogs and cats are on the menu for a lion, also. Condolences to the family who lost the pony.
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-8 #8 miyacaskawin 2015-01-20 04:28
Often a good deterrent to predation by lions or coyotes is the use of livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) like the Turkish Akbash, or even llamas. I'm not stating with 100% certainty that livestock will be preserved by these mitigation animals, but they are catching on as a source of deterrent for species that prey upon domestic livestock.
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