GRAND JUNCTION, Colo., (KKCO) -- Expert hunters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been brought in to track and eliminate a Mountain Lion and her cubs on the Colorado National Monument after the wild animal killed at least 14 sheep over a period of several nights.
The Colorado National Monument has closed hiking trails in the area and is urging residents to use caution.
Mike Porras, Public Information Officer for the Northwest Region of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, says the agency is liable for the damages done by these animals and therefore they have to eliminate the predator. Since the Mountain Lion, and her Cubs have learned that killing sheep is an easy source for food, they have no choice but to find the animals and eliminate them. Relocation is not an option.
Experts from the USDA will track and locate the animal. Their work is underway right now.