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May 12, 2013 3:30 PM by Tony Spehar

Mountain lion could be blamed for killing 2 calves

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Wildlife officials are trying to determine if a mountain lion is to blame for the deaths of two calves in northern Colorado's Routt County.

Jim Haskins with Colorado Parks and Wildlife tells Steamboat Today (http://bit.ly/162CyHS ) the deaths were reported in Phippsburg in the southern part of the county Thursday. Bears and coyotes also are known to prey on livestock.

There were other cows in the area, so investigators were unable to find any tracks from the predator. No scat could be found in the area either.

Haskins says his office handles two or three cases of calves being killed by predators each year.

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