Wildlife
12:00 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Horse Attacked by Mountain Lion in Hunt County

Texas department of Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Gary Miller says a horse in a pasture south of Greenville apparently came into contact with a mountain lion about 2 weeks ago.

However, Miller explained that there is no need for panic, and that it is highly unlikely there is any danger to the human population.

The owners of property, along Old Mill Road about a half mile north of FM 1564, found that one of their horses had been mauled by a mountain lion on September 30th. The horse was not seriously hurt.

Miller says he receives calls from time to time about tracks or other signs being found, and occasionally there are smaller animals that are attacked and killed but mountain lions are not known for attacks on horses though. Miller stressed that there is no need for concern as mountain lions are native predators to all of Texas and that there has never been a documented case of a cougar attacking a human anywhere in the state.

Miller says that people who live in the unincorporated areas of Hunt county are already aware of the presence of big cats along with coyotes, bobcats, and other wild animals. He recommends that people use common sense and be on alert, but doesn’t believe there is any reason to be afraid of an attack.