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Cougars killing livestock in Canby, neighbors say

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People living in rural Canby are keeping a close eye out for a cougar they believe is killing their livestock.

Several neighbors said they lost animals in the last few days near South Union Hall Road and also South Hollybrook Lane, off Highway 213.

Jackie Stonehouse is one of them.

She said two of her llamas and one of her pygmy goats were recently killed.

“I haven’t had anything like this before, and I don’t like it,” Jackie Stonehouse told Fox 12. “These are my pets, we show them – or we used to – and now they’re just living their lives out here.  They’re supposed to be happy, not killed.”

While she’s had problems with coyotes and other animals in the past, Stonehouse said cougars have never been an issue in her 25 years on the property.

“That’s what’s really odd, he didn’t try to eat them at first, he just went out for the kill,” she added.

But her animals haven’t been the only target.

Other families living nearby said sheep and alpacas have also recently been killed.

Stonehouse said a trapper from the Department of Agriculture is now coming in to help, as she – and many of her neighbors – move their livestock into barns as a precaution.

“That’s part of the deal living out here,” said neighbor Joe Moresh.  “There’s always going to be wildlife and they’re not always going to be pleasant.”

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