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Neighbors worry mountain lion mauled family pet

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NEWBERG, OR (KPTV) -

Neighbors in Newberg are on high alert after a dog was mauled to death Friday in what they believe to be a mountain lion attack.

At 120 pounds, Goliath lived up to his name.

The dog often roamed the woods near his home about a mile and a half away from downtown Newberg. When a coyote came around, Goliath would chase it away.

"I've lived here for 40 years and I've heard a dog being killed out here by a coyote," said Goliath's owner, Jason Lile.

So when Lile's children found the dog mauled to death on their neighbor's property, they knew it was something bigger.

Lile believes he saw prints near the site of the attack that could belong to a mountain lion. A few days later, a cow and a horse were clawed in two separate incidents.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking into the attacks. Spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy told KPTV about 5,000 mountain lions call Oregon home. If that's what's attacking the animals, they will work with a federal agency to trap it.

For Lile, that moment can't come soon enough.

"I don't blame the mountain lion. They're just doing what they do. The problem is that they're here and they need to leave," Lile said.

There has never been a reported attack of a mountain lion on a human in Oregon, according to Dennehy.

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