Woman believes panther is attacking livestock

Woman believes panther is attacking livestock

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Kim Baker is scared for own safety and the safety of her animals outside her Sanford area home.  She said it all started weeks ago, when one of her pregnant goats was attacked and killed overnight. 

"I feel threatened," she said, adding that she knows what went after her animals.  "I have a 150-pound Florida Panther than has been attacking my livestock."

She said that she noticed a trail of blood which led to some bushes, and that's where she found her goat.    She moved another goat off her 5 acres in rural Seminole County hoping to avoid another attack.  She said the giant cat struck again; this time at a nearby farm.

"Maybe it's just easier to kill livestock than it is to go out and find something to eat," said Baker.

Now, she said her 30-year-old stallion, Chief, is acting strange.

"He refuses to go back in the barn to sleep in the stall; he's never done that.  He sleeps under the porch near this light," she gestured.

"My vet told me that, according to the bite marks on the goat that got attacked two weeks ago, that cat is large enough to take down a thousand-pound horse, if he's hungry enough."

Her potbellied pig is also on the property, and she worries the cat will make a meal out of him.  She has made a few phone calls, but she said she isn't getting much help on how to handle the panther.

"I hope someone can maybe tell me what to do, and maybe help me."

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said they cannot confirm if, in fact, a panther is behind the attacks.

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