State hopes traps will find mountain lion that hunts people’s pets

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COAL CREEK CANYON, Colo. -- Colorado's Department of Parks and Wildlife is hoping a man-made trap will help stop a mountain lion from eating more cats and dogs in a remote area of Jefferson County.

Residents of Coal Creek Canyon are upset after one or more mountain lions have been attacking domestic animals for the last several weeks.

"They grabbed her face, they pierced her nasal passage...they went for the jugular they missed that," said one dog owner who is almost lost her pet during a January mountain lion attack.

The State of Colorado is aware of the ongoing problem and is expected to continue to place traps in the community to help prevent future attacks.

"We don't want to get just any lion, we want to trap and relocate the lions that's going after pets ... so at this point we've pulled the traps but we're up for doing this again if need be," said Jennifer Churchill of the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

The department offers guidelines on what people can do to protect themselves and their property.

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