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Sep 25, 2011 10:10 AM by Kate Richards

Mountain lion kills family dog

CARBONDALE, Colo. (AP) - Colorado wildlife officials are reminding residents to be alert in light of recent mountain lion attacks on animals.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a mountain lion killed a Carbondale-area resident's dog near the Sunlight ski resort late Wednesday.

Wildlife managers consider human safety or loss of livestock when deciding whether to relocate or kill a predator, but they do not typically kill a lion that preys on an unsupervised pet.

In northern Colorado near Carter Lake, Keith and Georgina Minto told the Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald that in the past nine months, mountain lions have killed four of the alpacas and llamas they raise.

Human deaths from mountain lions in Colorado are still rare.

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