Horseshoe Bay sees third mountain lion kill
September 12, 2013, 6:30 am by Alexandria Randolph
Horseshoe Bay Police identified a third mountain lion kill within city limits on Thursday morning.
Horseshoe Bay Police Chief Bill Lane said that a fawn carcass reported Thursday morning was determined to be the latest evidence of the presence of a mountain lion within the city.
"We responded to a fawn kill on the tenth hole at Slick Rock Golf Course and found the specific kill and feasting patterns of the mountain lion present at this kill,” Lane said. "It occurred overnight, and was found by groundskeepers shortly after daylight.”
Lane said that the department had received several calls about wild animal carcasses since the last article published in The Highlander regarding evidence of a mountain lion present in Horseshoe Bay, including a deer carcass found one of the golf courses in the western sector of the city on Wednesday morning.
"All proved to be natural death in appearance with some predatory feasting on the carcass after it was deceased, likely by fox or a coyote,” he said.
The fawn located on Thursday is the only confirmed mountain lion kill that has been found since August, and the third this year.
Police are encouraging residents who find large carcasses to notify the department.
"Although there will be many of the weaker deer, especially
the malnourished fawns, found (dead) in the upcoming months, we want to
encourage anyone who finds one to contact the police department. We will
dispatch animal control to examine and remove the deer,” Lane said. "If
indications of a mountain lion kill are present, we will further examine and
process the scene. The more of those actual mountain lion kills we can examine,
the easier it will be to establish patterns or specific paths the big cat may
be using to help aid the Department of Agriculture trapper we are working with
on this particular issue.”
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