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11/27/2012 10:50:00 AM
Lion attacks lambs in Verde Village
The last of the lambs
The last of the lambs

VERDE VILLAGE -- A man who owns a 4.5-acre property on the river below Verde Village 1 has lost three of his four 7-month-old lambs to mountain lion attacks.

Ron Frederick says the first lamb was killed Halloween night, a second was killed a week ago and the third Friday morning. The last lamb attack was so fresh when he found it that the young animal had not yet succumbed.

Frederick contacted a lion hunter who, with his dogs, tracked the predator into the draw east of Prairie Lane. However, the Arizona Game & Fish Department called off the hunt when it approached a residential area.

Frederick says Game & Fish officials know of no other recent livestock attacks in the area, but he urges area livestock owners to be wary of lions.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

Hey "My Reading,"

Guess you don't read ENOUGH, or you would know that the "nanny states" which receive the most WELFARE and food stamps are southern RED states, apparently it is mostly CONSERVATIVES that live in nanny states.

About a month ago, I saw a coyote LESS than 100 yards from my property, javalinas visit my yard REGULARLY. I saw a fox not 5 FEET from my yard, it was dark, but I clearly saw a furry tail. MY dog chased a young SKUNK out of my yard one evening.

I have CHICKENS, I protect my chickens from preditors like cats, dogs and the WILD animals with a COOP and fences. Have not lost ONE in all these years.

If you knew ANYTHING about ecology, you would KNOW that preditors are also part of the 'circle of life' and are just as IMPORTANT to nature as the man's lambs are to him and my chicken's are to me.



Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: two cents

Baby lamb is one of the top things on a lions menu. Anything that is meat, that people eat, a lion will eat.

Bath Salts was not a joke, it is a synthetic drug that makes people go crazy and turns some of them into zombie cannibals that rip peoples face off. In the last few years there have been more cannibal attacks by people on bath salts than attacks by mountain lions on humans.

Wild animals are getting displaced by development and the food supply they live on naturally, is being over hunted by humans.

We kill the deer, we kill the wild mountain sheep and goats, in fact we kill almost everything that is on a lions menu.

Then we kill the starving lion for going after a domestic cat or dog or livestock, and on very rare occasions a human.

When the wild animals are all gone we will be soon to follow. Mother nature will rebalance the equasion.
just my two cents for what its worth


Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: Laura G

This story is tragic in all aspects. The lion is simply doing what its natural instincts tell him to do. He is surviving. The sad part is, he is putting himself at risk without even knowing (of course). The other tragic part (most of all) is that these vulnerable lambs lost their lives - on 3 different occasions! I agree with MB Wilson in that the owner is responsible for keeping his animals safe! It is up to him to learn how to to do this so (hopefully) it won't happen again.

To the owner of these animals: PLEASE educate yourself on how to protect your animals so in the future there is no need for such an article. I'm sure you feel lousy about this entire situation. Good luck to you.

People, let's be mature adults here and refrain from petty arguing and name calling. I mean come on, is that even remotely beneficial to anyone?


Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

Them poor lambs don't stand a chance. If the lions don't eat 'em, the humans will! Run fur yur life, lamb!

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Darryl Johnson

For a penney thought.If the lion hurts anyone ,that is if.They will kill it I don't want that to happen.That's not the only way but I'm sure a real one.Why not just be safe.Oh by the way look up how moutain lions attack my picture is not ( salt ). which like the price of tea in China has to do with this subject.I think safety is the concern that should lead the action here and thats all.

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: My Reading

some of the responses Boy do we have allot of people in the valley from the other nanny states.

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: I Knew

of a guy who went to a seminar that Game and Fish had about Lions. They where told to make allot of noise and if need be throw something at the Lion. My friend told them that is what he intends to to. He said that he will go for his gun because it makes allot of noise and throws bullets. LOL that is how I look at it

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: two cents

re: Darryl Johnson

You paint a terrifying picture of how a mountain lion attacks humans. What is also terrifying is the fact that there recently have been more attacks just like you described, by humans on bath salts, against other humans.

We as species are so kill happy and we refuse to live within the confines mother nature has given us. We are the only species on this earth that needs to create an artificial enviroment in order to survive.

We are the only species that will move into any area on earth and then proclaim all other things to be at our disposal or else it will be disposed of.

We refuse to 'coexist' or come up with solutions that are both humane and eco-friendly and maintain a balance of both plant and animals.

We with our huge brains and superior knowledge have already depleated large areas of this planet of its forests and animals.

We are the only species upsetting the balance in nature, and even though we know what we are doing, we don't stop doing it

So who really are the ALIENS on this planet?
just my two cents for whats its worth


Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: Larry Mosher

Sorry about your lamb. you should keep them more protected. that being said,this is no longer a wilderness.
either kill or relocate the predator. Case closed.....
Either is acceptable to me.5


Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: Darryl Johnson

The moutain lion will come up behind you grab you by your neck sinking in all teeth, claws firmly dug into your rib cage take you to the ground and kill you,thats how they do a human.I guess you think this wild cat is a house kitty,your dead wrong.I guess you havent been here long enough to recall that it was mountain lions attacking people in Sedona years ago.Eating people in California.Fish and Game must trap and move this lion some where safe for the lion and away from this area.Its proven the reason why it is here,it wont care if its your child or not just a meal for it to eat.Dont repeat the past .The lion is here for food, and will move up the food chain to us when the easy to kill is finished.After 35 years in the valley I seen this before.Move the lion.That's best for the lion and us.

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: reality check

When was the last time Game and Fish just tranquilized and relocated an animal? They don't! They are about managing animals for hunting (revenue) purposes. If you think for one minute G&F will just move an animal elsewhere your a fool.

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: Beth Blay

Dangerous animals/conditions have no place in what is now (emphasis on NOW) a different environment.

Sometimes the city life and rural life have blurred lines.

Those of us who choose to co-exist in borderline areas are choosing to protect our domestic animals from our neighboring wildlife and do what is required to accomplish that.

I would not hesitate to do whatever necessary to protect either our property, livestock, or pets.


Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Mountain Lions or Child Abducters just let your
kids play unattended and lets see which predator wins.


Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Pam Clark

I live by the river below VV1 and I am thrilled to have a big cat in the area. He can hang out on my private property all he wants. If he isn't in the area plenty of other predators that like to eat livestock are. I keep my dogs and cats put up at night, and my horses seem to be able to handle themselves. Use common sense and there are no worries. We can coexist, we just seem to think as humans that every other thing (other species, people of other political,sexual,religious persuasions, etc) should adjust to our ways instead of finding a way for everyone to exist peacefully. It can be done, but we have to want it and we have become much to lazy for that. If you know a predator is feeding on your livestock and you continue to leave livestock where they can be attacked, well....that is lazy.

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Greta Small

Really, this majority wants us to leave the noble mountain lion alone because he belongs here. Rattlesnakes have been here forever too, but I don't think I would let one live in my yard. I do agree that the lion has a right to exist, but not in my "RESIDENTIAL" neighborhood. I would not want to go fishing some evening near Verde Village Unit 1, and have to deal with a mountain lion. Lions, like bears, need to be relocated.


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