W. Ore. family loses 6 sheep to cougar attack

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SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) -- A family in Sweet Home, Ore., northeast of Eugene is blaming a cougar attack for the loss of six of their sheep -- more than half of their herd.

Shelley Garrett tells KEZI that (http://bit.ly/oq2kDz) her family found three of their Blackbelly Barbados sheep dead along the front fence Tuesday morning and three others missing, including a 2-week-old lamb. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials confirm a cougar killed the animals. One of the missing rams was found buried in nearby trees.

The Garretts say the sheep were more than just pets, but part of the family.

Garrett says she's worried about the surviving sheep, but even more concerned for her children's safety.

Wildlife officials recommend that area residents keep their pets and livestock either indoors or locked up at night.

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Information from: KEZI-TV, http://www.kezi.com/