Game and Fish kill puppy-eating cougar in Raton

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RATON, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officers have killed a cougar in a Raton neighborhood after it reportedly attacked a puppy on a woman’s front porch.

The woman called 911 on Thursday night, saying she saw a small cougar attack her puppy.

She later told officers that she had lost another puppy a few days before and also was missing several cats.

Officers found cougar tracks and blood near the woman’s porch and say the cougar climbed a tree near the home.

A subsequent necropsy confirmed that the young female cougar recently had eaten a puppy.

Conservation Officer Clint Henson said the cougar might have been drawn to the woman’s house because a neighbor was feeding feral cats.

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