MIDLOTHIAN — The mountain lion attack on Oct. 20 was not the first attack on pets in Midlothian.
Mike and Amy Pearce reported their dog, Chloe, missing Oct. 8. However, they later discovered she had been killed.
“I woke up a little before four in the morning to let Chloe out. That’s how it was every morning. She would be out there for about 20 minutes to an hour. So once I let her out, I usually went back to bed,” Pearce said.
“When I got up to go to work I noticed she wasn’t inside. So I asked my wife if she let the dog in and she told me no. That’s when I began to worry. It was unlike her to leave the house.”
Pearce began searching the neighborhood for Chloe, but the search was unsuccessful.
“After my search failed, I went back to my house. That’s when I found her head in our backyard. In fact, all that was left of her was her head and her two front legs,” Pearce said.
Pearce was glad to be the one to find Chloe because of the nature of her death.
“It would have been even more devastating if anyone else in my family would have found her. I’m especially glad my kids didn’t find her. That would have been awful,” Pearce said.
His first concern was that coyotes were responsible for the attack. However, he couldn’t locate any scratch marks on his fence.
“Also, there wasn’t any blood anywhere. Her body was completely severed. It was too clean a kill to be coyotes,” Pearce said.
He didn’t put it all together until he heard about the mountain lion attack that happened last week. “When I heard the ladies’ description of what happened to their dogs, then I knew it had to be the mountain lion that attacked our dog,” Pearce said.
The community of Crystal Forest Estates in Midlothian is doing whatever it takes to prevent any more mountain lion attacks.
Larry Spain, president of the Home Owners Association has been very active in trying to resolve this issue.
“We have been using emails, Facebook and neighborhood signs to inform everyone in the neighborhood of what is going on,” Spain said.
He has even gotten a hunter involved to track down this predator. “I have been in contact with a neighbor who is an avid hunter. We have been mapping the actions of the lion. We are also in the process of setting up video cameras that are motion censored. If there is any movement or activity by the lion, we will know it,” he said.
Spain is not interested in killing the lion, but capturing it.
“I have had several neighbors tell me if they see it they are going to ‘blow its head off’. I don’t want to see this animal killed. I just want us to trap it, get it out of our area and release it back to its environment,” Spain said.
Until the situation is under control, the residents are taking extra precautionary methods to keep their pets safe. “They are keeping their pets inside more and leaving the porch light on all night. Until this animal is caught, this is what we can expect from every pet owner in the neighborhood,” Spain said.
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