Itchy, Thanks for the thread. I use to keep an eye on that issue but don't much anymore. We have a healthy population of cougars out here (Sno-Valley) and probably always will because their prey is in good supply out here in the country. I've had agents come thru our place tracking the cats and its fairly common that sheep and goats fall prey, they're an easy meal that's always available. It's amazing how secretive an animal of that size can be. Those guys were pretty lucky to find the cat not far away. I'm sure that agent can tell stories of many attempts to find the problem animal that come up empty handed. Several years ago a young female cougar took up residence in Carnation and was spotted around the elementary school and several other places around town. The houndsman couldn't find that cat for a whole week, when they did, she was right in the middle of town.