A man in Cedar Fort, Utah drew his firearm, and shot and killed a 150 lb cougar! He only did so, though, because it was attacking his neighbor’s 10-year-old lab.
An eye witness, Ken Strickland, stated, “I’ve lived here all my life and that was the first cougar I’ve ever seen in town.”
He continued, “He had that poor old dog down and pretty well chewed up, and he was not scared of nothing; I mean, usually you run into a mountain lion he is going to take off, that one was not going to give up that dog. So I went over to my nephew’s over here because I knew he had a gun right close to the door.”
Bearing Arms reports:
Strickland’s nephew fired three shots at the cougar. Severely injured, the cat limped down the street into a neighbor’s yard, where it died. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said mountain lions venturing into neighborhoods is uncommon, but this cat was old and in poor health.
“I’m sure because of the poor health of this cougar it probably decided to go after something a little bit easier than deer,” said Scott Root with the Utah DWR.
“If he gets down here like around those kids right there, he could take one of them in a heartbeat,” Strickland said.
“There was a cougar that was in somebody’s yard, and their dog was missing and their owners found the tracks and some blood, so this cougar may have even taken two dogs,” Root said.
Sadly, the lab did not survive the attack, despite the effort to save him. On the bright side though, the man who attempted to save the dog will not be facing any criminal charges. Since he shot the mountain lion in an attempt to save a pet, it was considered justified.