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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Mountain lion attack suspected

  • Jim Glenn believes that the injuries to his horse may have been caused by a mountain lion.


    From the angle of the scratches, she must have been laying down and jumped up when the mountain lion pounced. The horse got away, but not before having a chunk of her shoulder torn open by its claws, he said.

     


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  • Lynn Benson of Sidney was cutting lumber in a tree line of his property on the morning of Saturday, May 1, down in a draw when something caught his eye.
    According to Benson, a mountain lion passed about 100 yards from where he was standing and crossed a terrace on his land. Benson said it was heading in the direction of Sidney where numerous sightings had occurred previously.
    Benson, who owns about 15 acres of land west of Sidney, said he contacted his neighbor Jim Glenn who keeps eight horses in a pasture that he rents from Benson. Glenn said he then went to check on his horses and found one of his mares badly injured.
    According to Marlow Wilson, a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer who went to check on the horse, “There’s no tracks or anything else to say it was a mountain lion, but I could be convinced either way."
    Wilson explained that he has seen other reports of mountain lion attacks before but they had all been marks from barbed wire. “This doesn’t look like barbed wire,” he said.
    Dr. Erik Lauman, the veterinarian who treated the horse, agreed with Wilson. Lauman said that the scratch marks do not look like barbed wire. “I’m not going to say it was a mountain lion, but I don’t know what it was,” said Dr. Lauman.
    Glenn has his own theory on what may have occurred. He believes that the mare became entangled in an electric fence that had been drug to the middle of the property by a deer. Her lower leg was lacerated and injured from the fence when the Mountain lion attacked.  He said that, from the angle of the scratches, she must have been laying down and jumped up when the mountain lion pounced. The horse got away, but not before having a chunk of her shoulder torn open by its claws, he said.
    In the Sidney area, mountain lion sightings are not uncommon. Mike Allem, who lives on the edge of town, reports to have seen one in a ditch that runs by his house. “I’m sure it was a Mountain lion… I have a family of bobcats that live close by and this was a lot bigger,” he said.
    Dawn Collins, who works at the Sidney Ambassador, said that she saw a mountain lion in January while working. “It walked across the tree line… it was the color of a deer and had a long tail.”
    Kala Clark of Sidney also claimed to have seen a mountain lion while visiting her grandfather in town. She was able to obtain a photograph, taken by Zachary Buttercase of Sidney, of a paw print found while on a hunting trip in January nearby.
    Page 2 of 2 - Wilson said that the photographs of the mare have been sent to a fur-bearing biologist for an expert opinion on what happened to the mare.
    Lauman said that the horse is not badly injured and is expected to make a full recovery.

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