Mountain Lions Blamed For Dead Goats Found In Half Moon Bay

HALF MOON BAY (CBS) – State fish and game officials believe a mountain lion is responsible for killing several sheep and goats overnight near Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

The animals were found dead Tuesday morning in the area of 1500 Purisima Creek Road, just south of Half Moon Bay.

They were last seen alive at about 7 p.m. Monday, officials said.

Wildlife officials from the Department of Fish and Game examined the animals and determined that they had likely been killed by a mountain lion.

Anyone who encounters a mountain lion is advised to pick up children, face the animal, make noise, and try to look bigger by waving arms and throwing rocks, emergency officials said.

More information about mountain lions is available at

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  • Ellen

    Why would a mountain lion kill but not eat their prey?

  • richard

    Big cats like blood

  • Tours Martel

    Not unheard of among wild carnivores: wolves, coyotes, and bears have all been reported to do this. Welcome to the reality that the animal rights groups would deny exists.

  • NRA Life Member

    It was probably a female adult with yearling kittens, teaching them how to bring down prey. It’s a vital skill that predators need to be proficient in, obviously. Cats learn how to stalk and kill their prey from their parents. They don’t only kill for food. If the cat would wait until it’s hungry to learn how to kill, it would be hungry for a long time. Ever see a house cat catch a mouse? Although they could, it doesn’t kill it immediately. They bat it around, let it go, chase it around and catch it repeatedly, therefore, honing it’s predatory skills. It’s called nature.

  • Josephine Salazar

    life training or not, why so many dead in one area. sheep are stupid, but not so stupid as to stay there and allow themselves to get slaughtered.

  • Darwin


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