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G&F officials say dogs likely responsible for attack on livestock

Aug 8, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Wyoming Game and Fish officials say domestic dogs likely were responsible for a weekend attack on horses and sheep along Paradise Valley Road west of Riverton.

A resident in the area called police at about 1 p.m. Sunday to report his animals had been attacked several nights previously by "a dog or coyote." Game warden Brad Gibb said he investigated the scene and didn't find any definitive tracks in the area, but he suspects the culprit is a dog.

"If it was a lion (they) would've been dead," he said of the animals injured in the incident. "By the descriptions of the owner, the one sheep ... may ultimately die, but the horses apparently not."

Gibb said mountain lions do populate Fremont County, but they rarely cause problems with domestic livestock.

"Unless it's coyotes it's almost always domestic dogs," he said. "The county has a huge issue with a lot of dogs running loose."

He said it is up to the owner to contact law enforcement about the dog problem, or to handle the situation privately. Residents are within their rights to shoot a dog harassing their livestock.

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