Woman shoots and kills mountain lion to protect goats

Published: Oct. 30, 2017 at 9:09 PM MDT
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A woman who shot and killed a mountain lion did not do anything wrong, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The mountain lion was at her home off Highway 115, south of Fort Carson.

Beege Delgado's goats were still shaking while they watched a Parks and Wildlife Officer drag away the mountain lion that attacked them Monday morning. Delgado shot and killed it.

"I really don't like killing wildlife," she said.

The lion had first attacked the goats around 4 a.m.

"My husband saw the mountain lion, and as soon as he scared it away, the injured goat came back to me," said Delgado.

A few hours later she heard her goats again and came outside with a gun.

"It was looking right at me, it did not move, it was not afraid," she said.

While she was glad she protected her goats, she says it was an emotional day.

"I've lived out here for 25 years in a copacetic relationship with animals and it really hurts me to kill wildlife," Delgado said.

Parks and Wildlife tells us if a wild animal is attacking you or your livestock, you are allowed to defend yourself.

"Some predators, once they learn that it's easier to take livestock than it is to take a deer, for example, they start targeting livestock," said Frank McGee with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

It's important to note that it's not legal to kill wildlife if it's attacking your house pet unless the attack is also putting you in danger. Parks and Wildlife categorize pets as personal property, not livestock.

"If a dog is a working dog that protects sheep, for example, it's an agricultural product which would be livestock, but your personal pet is different than livestock," said McGee.

The mountain lion had been tagged after it got caught in a rodent trap a few months ago. It was in a rehabilitation center before being released just last week in Bear Creek State Wildlife Area in Penrose, about 11 miles south of Delgado's home.