Pets killed in West Virginia. Residents fear mountain lion.

Someone is hyping up a mountain lion rumor in West Virginia but there is no sign of one.

Purported mountain lion sighting causes stir – journal-news.net | News, sports, jobs, community information for Martinsburg – The Journal.

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.

  10 comments for “Pets killed in West Virginia. Residents fear mountain lion.

  1. Chris Howard
    October 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Catsquatch.

  2. spookyparadigm
    October 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    It’s October. Just be glad it wasn’t blamed on Satanic rituals.

  3. Chris Howard
    October 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Ya know, I just watched “Lords of Salem.”

    Zombie is paying homage to Bava, Kubrik, and then goes all Stone’s “Natural Born Killers.”

    The films cinematography is amazing, but Rob is like Texas A&M football. He starts off strong, and just peters-out near the end.

    I mention this because (as Spooky mentions) it’s October, but also satanic narratives, as well as black dog, and large cat stories tend to follow Zombies pattern. They start strong, with good storylines, and then just drift off into incoherent demented ramblings.

    Where’s Bob? He’s got an advanced literary degree, and I bet he’s researched some of these animal lore narratives.

  4. M.R. Lambert
    October 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Coyotes would be my guess…

  5. October 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Yep. A pack of coyotes was my first reaction.

  6. John Nowak
    October 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    The cougar’s the second most dispersed mammal on the planet, second only to humans. It was suggested that one cougar found dead in Connecticut walked there from South Dakota. If a cougar can walk 1500 miles, then individuals might be found anywhere in North America.

    So yeah, most likely coyotes or dogs, but cougars in North America aren’t like big cats in England, let alone something entirely imaginary like Sasquatch.

  7. John B
    October 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I’m a little surprised that no-one in West Virginia is blaming the attacks on a chupacabra.

  8. neko
    October 16, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Hmmm… cougars are wiley and certainly West Virginia is nice country for them.

    However, in spite of occasional reports, a long recent review shows the cougar in most of the country has shared the fate of many magnificent animals that once ranged from Atlantic to Pacific:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_cougar

    The verdict after hopeful searching and review of many reports: Extirpated.

  9. M.R. Lambert
    October 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM
  10. Nancy
    November 2, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    I happened upon this post from a neighbor and I’m glad I did… I live within feet of where the mt. lion passed through (it went through our field as well as the new home construction site directly behind our home) and apparently it is still in the area as yet another neighbor’s sighting was shared with Eastern Panhandle Working Fires Facebook yesterday (as most recent “news outlet” coverage, because its not getting a lot of positive mainstream press and least EPWF try to care about getting the word out to the public.) But as I posted to them and my husband stated to Berkeley County Sheriffs office, he personally saw it at dusk on 10-18-13. We took pictures of large, deep into mud, 3 bottom lobed paw tracks. Some of the tracks are still there today 11-1-13. My husband saw an approximately 7′ (head to end of long curled tail) dark tan mt lion. Our neighbors have evidence as well. We would love for a reputable reporter to contact us.

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