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Could a Mountain Lion be Killing Livestock in Kentucky?

Kentucky Mountain Lion

Halloween might be over, but something is lurking in the dark down in Kentucky. 

Law enforcement around Monroe County, Kentucky, are telling people to stay inside and to watch their pets and livestock. Why? Well, there are reports of a large predatory cat on the loose. The only evidence to suggest such a thing are claw marks left behind on half-eaten livestock. So far, three miniature horses have been found as well as several calves all with the same markings

An investigation by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials took place shortly after the first set of livestock deaths. However, their findings stated that they shockingly didn't believe an animal was to blame. The Sheriff of Monroe County, Dale Ford, disagrees.

A picture of a possible Kentucky mountain lion has surfaced near one of the attacks, and for some, that's all the evidence they need. 

This wouldn't be that big of a story if it was happening out west in Idaho, Montana, Colorado or Utah. However, Kentucky doesn't have a mountain lion population. As a matter of fact, the eastern cougar has been declared extinct. Yeah, that sort of thing spices things up a bit, doesn't it? So, if this is a genuine Kentucky mountain lion, is it the only one?

What is happening to livestock down in the Bluegrass State? If photo evidence is any indicator, they have a cat problem. Apparently, you better not tell the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department, though.

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Could a Mountain Lion be Killing Livestock in Kentucky?