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[RC] FW: Mountain lion attacks 4 horses - Mike Sherrell

April 25, 2008

Santa Rosa Press Democrat (California)

Mountain lion attacks 4 horses

A year-old mountain lion attacked four horses off Stony Point Road in Santa
Rosa on Tuesday night.

The horses' injuries range from claw marks to puncture wounds. They were
expected to recover but were exhausted from the ordeal, Mary Quinn, their
caretaker, said.

Quinn said all the horses had been originally rescued from abuse and
remained skittish after the attack. The mountain lion apparently climbed
into the enclosure and went after the horses.

The horses were attacked by dogs three years ago, Quinn said, and likely
drew on their memory of that attack to work together to fight off the
mountain lion. "They are very capable of protecting each other," Quinn said.

A mountain lion expert with the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner's
Office confirmed the attack and suggested to Quinn that she purchase
undomesticated donkeys as guardians for her small herd, Quinn said.

Donkeys will fight mountain lions, she said.

Joe Montoya of the Agricultural Commissioner's Office could not be reached
for comment.

-- Laura Norton

Mike Sherrell

707 887 2919/fax 707 887 9834
Sebastopol, CA
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