Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Sleep for Alberta Sheep Farmer after Cougar Rampage in Livestock Corral

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Sleep for Alberta Sheep Farmer after Cougar Rampage in Livestock Corral

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No sleep for sheep farmer after cougar attack

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COCHRANE, Alta. - A southern Alberta farmer says he's still trying to get over the shock of losing most of his sheep herd in a cougar attack.

Barry Richards, who farms in the Cochrane area, says he spotted a sickly looking cougar lurking in the area on Monday and began patrolling his sheep enclosure to prevent the big cat from stalking his animals.

He settled in for the night after believing the cougar had moved on, but the next morning he discovered the bulk his herd -- 38 animals -- either dead or nearly dead.

Two rams weighing about 136 kilograms each, 20 ewes and 16 lambs were among the livestock attacked.

Neighbours helped corner the cougar in a tree and Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers were dispatched to euthanize it. …

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