31 lambs killed on farm in Vernon|Richard_F|richard@cfz.org.uk|07/15/04 at 17:25:42|richard_f|xx|0|81.154.154.253|From the Oneida (NY) Daily Dispatch:
31 lambs killed on farm in Vernon
By: Kurt Wanfried , Managing Editor 07/10/2004

VERNON - Farmer Wendy Gornick believes incidents in May at her Cooper Street
sheep farm are the genesis of speculation that there is a cougar prowling
the township.

Over the Memorial Day weekend she says some sort of animal killed 28 lambs
in a pasture on her farm.

There were about 175 weaned lambs in the group, the offspring of the 200
ewes on her farm.

She took the remaining lambs out of the pasture and put some of them in her
barn and some in a paddock near her barn.

A week-and-a-half later three more were killed - two in the barn and one in
the paddock.

"I'm not saying it was a cougar," she says. Some of the injuries looked as
if they'd been inflicted by a large cat. Others, she says, looked more like
dog bites.

She's certain, however, a fox wasn't the culprit because foxes are simply
too small to bring down these lambs, which weighed about between 60 and 80
pounds.

Predators haven't been a big problem on her farm. The only major problem
she's had before was in 1999, when a pack of dogs killed four of her
animals.

She says her insurance company looked into the Memorial Day attacks and
couldn't determine what type of predator carried them out.

She says she contacted the Vernon Police and the state DEC, which is why she
was surprised to read a small story in Thursday's paper in which a state DEC
spokesman said the department hadn't heard about any sheep killings.
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