BATRLESVILLE -- Bartlesville Animal Control is working to locate a mountain lion believed to have attacked a dog Thursday morning.
Around 4 a.m. Thursday, Bartlesville police responded to a call in the Woodland housing addition in which a resident reported a very large cat had attacked her schnauzer.
“A resident and her daughter witnessed the attack,” said Rita Harvey, Bartlesville animal control officer. “She was about six to 10 feet away, and said she was 100 percent sure it was not a coyote or a bobcat, but a mountain lion.”
Harvey said the “large cat” was gone by the time officers arrive, but the evidence of the attack remained.
“The dog was traumatized by the puncture, and a vet was called out to put the dog down,” she said.
Authorities say this is the seventh report of a mountain lion sighting in the past two years within a three-mile radius.
In the last 24 hours, Animal Control has already stepped into action. Harvey said a trailcam and live trap have been set up.
“We have no reason to dispute this call,” Harvey said. “Our position is public safety. We take all calls of this nature very seriously.
Harvey said one set of tracks was found that’s size was consist with a mountain lion, but they were unable to determine whether it was from a feline or canine.
“The clarity just wasn’t there,” Harvey said. “The ground is really dry right now.”
While officials are doing everything they can to locate the animal responsible for the attack, Harvey said it may have already left the area.
“Female mountain lions are known to travel a 50- to 60-mile radius, and males roam as far as 300 miles,” she said.
Nonetheless, she believes the lion will return to the area and said when it does, public safety will be the primary concern.
“We have done everything we can do. We are actively working this and trying to find the cat. We want to capture and return it to an area that is safe for both the animal and our resident, but we will l do what we have to do to keep people safe.”
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