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Cougars killed after pets attacked in Summit County

Posted at 2:06 PM, Jan 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-30 18:41:21-05

WOODLAND, Utah — Three mountain lions were put down after two dogs were attacked in Summit County.

A border collie was found dead and a lab-blue healer mix was injured early Tuesday in Woodland.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources tracked the mountain lions they believed were responsible for the attacks. One adult female and two young mountain lions were euthanized.

Phil Douglass, of DWR, said there are about six incidents involving mountain lions each year.

The numbers of incident tend to be a bit higher during heavier winter seasons. The animals follow their prey out of the heavy mountain snow and are seen in urban areas more.

“They were taking advantage of easy prey,” Douglass said. He said pets that are left outside alone or chained are often the most vulnerable to attack.

DWR does issue hunting permits to help keep the mountain lion population in check.

The DWR has collected information on how to keep yourself safe in cougar country here.