In spite of the four dogs, we have lost another lamb to the cougar. This was on June 15 th about 5:00 pm in the afternoon. The ewe flock and lambs were out with Cracker and Jack in the rocky, bushy parts of the farm. There were 82 ewes and lambs spread out in a large area and the cougar just waited and took a lamb when nobody was looking. The dogs can't smell the cougar. Unlike the bear and coyotes which have unmistakable smells, the cougar has no smell at all ... especially when the air and ground have dried out. Because of the way he moves, the dogs are also unable to see him moving and simply don't know when the cougar is close by. Its very discouraging to find that no mater what we do we can't prevent predator loses to the cougar.
This is the same one that was killing dogs, cats, and one of our lambs in the fall of 2003. He isn't a normal cougar as he has no fear of anything ... not dogs, people, vehicles or anything we can come up with. The week before he killed the lamb, he had killed the neighbor's cattle dog. He had also killed a large doe just 150 yards form the house and barn the first week of April. This was one week after the cougar hunting season had ended on March 31 st. They say that cougars live for 12 - 14 years. I won't be sorry when this one's time is up.
If you have the time, come by for a visit in the fall when its not so hot!
Joanna & Keith [an error occurred while processing this directive]