The cats are split open, and various organs and bodily fluids are sent to labs for testing and analysis.The contents of the lions’ stomach also are inspected to see if the cat had indeed been preying on livestock.Healthy and sporting a long tail with the girth of a barrel of a baseball bat, the dead cat had preyed on an Oroville man’s goats a few weeks earlier. This cat was typical of those the Queens necropsy after a depredation case.
All of the Queens have shed tears at one point or another during a mountain lion necropsy, they say.
Experts caution that the higher numbers may reflect better record keeping and a larger lion population.
Last year, livestock owners and professional trappers, houndsmen and sharpshooters killed 120 mountain lions, including five each in El Dorado and Placer counties. “But these people don’t know how you feel when you’re being stalked.
You can feel it.” When there’s a lion around, Vaughan said she’s now taken to sleeping in the barn.
“I sleep with a shotgun,” she said, to protect the animals she considers part of her family.