Ore. cougar blamed for sheep attack is killed

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SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) -- Wildlife agents have tracked and killed a cougar believed responsible for killing six sheep belonging to a family in Sweet Home, Ore., northeast of Eugene.

U.S. Agriculture Department wildlife specialists used hounds Wednesday to track and tree a 2-year-old, 110-pound cougar.

USDA wildlife biologist Kevin Christensen tells KEZI it was necessary to kill the big cat because predators that start attacking livestock will continue.

Shelley Garrett and her family found three of their Blackbelly Barbados sheep dead in a field Tuesday and three more missing. One of the missing sheep was found buried nearby and the other two are believed to be dead. The family had a flock of 10 sheep.

Wildlife officials say even though they believe just one cougar was responsible for the attack, it's a good idea to lock up livestock at night.

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