by David Torres
Saturday night, a mountain lion visited the ranch home of
Kathy and Richard DiMaio of Gualala and killed one of their
prized sheep. Gary Johnson of Boonville and Gene Titus
of Manchester, professional U.S. Federal trappers, were
called in and identified the remains as the work of a
mountain lion. "The lion had dragged off the sheep
into the woods and after feeding on it, buried it," said
animal came back the next day and dug up what it had
buried," said Kathy DiMaio. "It must have been a big
cat because it ate most of it. It killed my sheep just
150 feet from our house."
said, "After feeding like that, it may not come back for a
DiMaio's property lies within close proximity to high
density housing on Old Stage Road, where children often
play, and not far from the proposed new Gualala school site.
earlier, Bud Ross of Roseman Creek Road had lost one of
three sheep, according to Titus. On Monday of this
week Ross reported another of his sheep had been killed.
Johnson and Titus are to inspect that site on Wednesday
morning of this week and possibly set a trap as they have
done at the DiMaio's ranch.
been given a permit to shoot that mountain lion," says the
determined Kathy DiMaio. "I would like to get that on
Creek is an area frequented by joggers and bikers along Old
Stage Road, Titus noted. "Mountain lions don't
generally go after humans. Sometimes they just lie in
the bushes and may not react to you unless you spot them.
There used to be lots of wild goats around these parts but
not anymore. Mountain lions like goats."
lions have a territorial radium of 25 miles and when young
males are alienated from their pride they go looking fro
their own turf.
give this advice: if you are confronted with a
mountain lion, do not run. Back away slowly,
making yourself look as big as possible, make noise, and do
not make eye contact with the animal.
these magnificent wild animals, who are only trying to
survive, have had their habitats taken over by humans.
Realistically, though, nobody wants their beloved pets,
children or themselves mauled or killed. It's a no-win
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*Independent Coast Observer
(ICO), August 6, 2004.