Mountain lion kills calf near Grass Valley |

Mountain lion kills calf near Grass Valley

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 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 the Fish and Game Service when she discovered the calf was killed. She said the county trapper arrived at the scene Tuesday and was attempting to track the mountain lion.

Anderson said she was looking for a new calf for the heifer.

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