Lion victims increase

Peroulis ranch files notice of loss of nearly 60 sheep

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The number of livestock killed after mountain lion attack at the Peroulis ranch June 13 has been raised from 40 sheep to 60. That number could go up if animals wounded in the attack continue to die. The final number of the Peroulis' losses won't be known until the fall, when the Peroulis' will be eligible to apply for financial compensation for their losses.

"Typically with mountain lion and bear depredations, which historically begin around early summer, ranchers don't finalize their losses until well after September," said Mike Bauman, district wildlife manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. "The rancher will file written notice, which has been done in this case, and update additional kills via written notice until this fall when the total loss will be calculated."

The Division of Wildlife no longer makes any efforts to hunt down predators that have attacked livestock. That function is under the jurisdiction of the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Authorization for lethal control of a depredating animal would have to be given by the department, and the livestock owner or permittee would hire a "dog guy" to eliminate the mountain lion, Bauman said.

Michael Threlkeld, coordinator for the Rodent and Predator Control division of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said that any member of the Peroulis family or any of the family's employees could hunt the predator without gaining permission, as dictated by state statutes. If the Peroulis' chose to hire someone to hunt down and eliminate the mountain lion, they would need to get permission from the state.

Stanley Peroulis would not comment.

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