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Goat pen designed to foil lions

Submitted photoThe Mountain Lion Foundation and 4-H designed this pen to protect goats from lion predation.
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Michelle Cullens thinks rural residents should do all they can to protect their pets and livestock from mountain lions.

Here’s an example of why:

At one ranch in Indian Valley in Plumas County, a family was raising nine goats as a project for Wolf Creek 4-H.

But lions ate eight of the goats over a period of several years.

In response, state game wardens issued depredation permits to kill five lions.

“Eight goats and five lions were killed,” said Cullens, director of conservation programs for the Sacramento-based Mountain Lion Foundation.

So that situations like that can be avoided, the foundation and 4-H came up with what Cullens said is the first-ever set of plans for a mountain lion-proof goat pen.

“We set about to design an enclosure that would protect lions,” Cullen said.

The pen is easy to build, and materials cost about $800.

“These incidents happen similarly in Nevada County,” said Cullens, who provided figures showing that 38 lions were killed in Nevada County under state deprivation permits issued from 1991 through 2001.

— Obtain detailed plans and instructions for building lion-proof pens and fences from the Mountain Lion Foundation by calling (916) 442-2666, ext. 107.

Mountain lions killed in Nevada County

under depredation permits

1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

5 1 3 1 2 2 5 5 7 5 2

-Source: Mountain Lion Foundation

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