November 23, 2010 > Small dog traps mountain lion in tree
Small dog traps mountain lion in tree
Submitted By AP Wire Service
COLMAN, South Dakota (AP), Nov 12 - A 150-pound (68-kilogram) mountain lion was no match for a squirrel-chasing terrier.
Jack the Jack Russell weighs only 17 pounds (8 kilograms), and yet he managed to trap the cougar up a tree on Tuesday on a farm in the north-central state of South Dakota.
Jack's owner, Chad Strenge, told The Argus Leader that the dog ``trees cats all the time,'' and that the plucky terrier probably ``figured it was just a cat.''
Professor Jonathan Jenks, who tracks cougar migration patterns, says hunters usually need two or three hounds to chase a lion up a tree. He says the cat probably wasn't hungry enough to attack Jack.
Strenge used a shotgun to knock the mountain lion from the tree and - assisted by Jack - chased and fatally shot it.
Arden Petersen, of the wildlife division of Game, Fish and Parks, told The Madison Daily Leader that no charges will be filed.