FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Two horses suffered serious injuries in a pair of suspected cougar attacks in the Fergus Falls area this week.
A mare owned by Jerry and Kim Pederson was mauled Wednesday about 10 miles north of Fergus Falls in Erhard.
Dr. Kathy Seifert of the Lake Region Veterinary Center says claw marks were evident on the horse's face and it had deep wounds to the neck. One eye was severely injured. Several stitches were required.
Seifert can't confirm it was a cougar, but says the injuries suggest a very large animal attacked the horse, and that the injuries are consistent with the way cougars attack prey.
Another horse, owned by Roger and Margo Schuetzle, was attacked southeast of Fergus Falls this week.
Cougar sightings have been reported in the Fergus Falls area over the past few weeks. Cougar attacks and sightings also have been reported in the Milaca, Cambridge and McGregor areas.
Information from: The Daily Journal, http://www.fergusfallsjournal.com/