Fliers and a plywood sign warning of purported sightings of a mountain lion near the area where two miniature horses and a donkey were killed in recent animal attacks caused a stir for local residents Tuesday, but authorities say there’s no definitive indication such an animal is in the area.
Police also say second-hand reports that officials from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and Berkeley County Animal Control were setting traps in the area to catch such an animal are unfounded.
“We’ve got people who are pretty positive that they’ve spotted a mountain lion or a cougar, but, you know, it’s kind of hard for us to confirm something like that when we don’t have a picture or we don’t have anything specific,” Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth “Kenny” Lemaster Jr. said.
Minature horses and a donkey were killed but it was suspected that this was a result of dogs. People have reported a bobcat and a black bear which are native to the area. But there has been no evidence of a mountain lion which is NOT known to exist in the area. Could there be one? Possibly but unlikely and to scare residents that this may be the case is not prudent. But residents obviously should be cautious of leaving pets and children outside if there are dog packs or bears around.