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Mountain lion killed after attacking alpacas and goats near Wellington

The Associated Press

A pair of mountain lions, one in the window sill and one on the roof, sun themselves in a Gypsum backyard.

FORT COLLINS — A mountain lion believed to have killed several alpacas and goats was shot and killed by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer.

The Coloradoan reports that the lion was killed on Saturday near Wellington.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said the lion was first spotted Nov. 6 by residents who said it killed several alpacas.

Churchill said that later in the month, additional residents reported that a lion killed several of their goats.

On Saturday, the wildlife officer shot and killed the lion in the area where the goats were attacked.

Parts of Colorado are prime habitat for mountain lions, which are also known as pumas, cougars and panthers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife estimates that between 3,000 and 7,000 live in the state.

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Mountain lions are periodically spotted throughout Eagle County, and several pets have been killed by lions in the past couple years.