Mountain lion believed to have killed calf
A mountain lion apparently killed a newborn calf on the Conway property near Old Auburn Road outside of Grass Valley at some point during the past few days.
“All I found was his hind leg and tail,” said Cindi Anderson, the calf’s owner. “I don’t think the cow had a chance to clean that calf off.”
Anderson said she had been checking the heifer frequently during the past week because she knew it would soon be giving birth. She said that when she went to visit the cow Tuesday, she found only the tail, bones and left hind leg of the newborn calf.
Anderson said predators such as coyotes and mountain lions pose an “ongoing problem” in the area.
“A lot of people lose a lot of calves,” Anderson said.
She said the evidence in this case points to a mountain lion because the calf was dragged off. She also said that a mountain lion had been seen in the area recently.
Anderson contacted authorities when she discovered the calf was killed. She said the county trapper, Larrry Lane, arrived at the property Tuesday and was attempting to track the mountain lion.
Anderson said she was looking for a new calf for the heifer.
Paul Boch, Nevada County’s agricultural commissioner, said there is “more contact with wildlife … as more people move up into areas where mountain lions have been living for years.”
However, Boch said the number of calls his office generally receives concerning livestock predation each year remains three or four. Many people do not report such things to his office, instead calling police or animal control.
Because mountain lions are a protected species in California, Boch said a depredating permit must be issued by the Fish and Game service before the government can hunt the animals.
Lane was not available for comment Tuesday.
To contact staff writer Josh Singer, e-mail joshs@theunion .com or call 477-4234.
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