Mountain Lions Kill First Wild Donkeys in San Diego County

Mountain lions are eating California wild donkeys. Why scientists say this is a good thing

Mountain lions have killed the first wild donkeys in the Los Padres National Forest in San Diego County near Big Bear, Calif.

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Dennis and Tanya Tipton were walking along a dirt road in their home state of Utah about a week ago when they came across the carcass of a mountain lion.

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Donnie and Lottie Tipton were hiking in the San Diego Mountains when a black-and-white mountain lion suddenly appeared, leaped over their back and began to attack.

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Donnie and Lottie Tipton were hiking in the San Diego Mountains when a black-and-white mountain lion suddenly appeared, leaped over their back and began to attack.

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Mountain lions are eating California wild donkeys. Why scientists say this is a good thing

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Two mountain lions were eating wild donkeys in an urban canyon west of San Diego, and it appears they have left nothing to chance in their attempts to eat the creatures.

“They were really aggressive, and they put in a lot of effort into getting the donkeys,” said Dennis Tipton, who has about 40 coyote friends of his that he considers his family. “They were on top of them, and we could see they were ripping into the animals, and you could just tell the donkeys were dying. They were hanging on.”

The two animals were at the head of a herd of 200 wild donkeys that wandered into a canyon west of Big Bear.

The mountain lions had been spotted several times over the past year in the area.

The mountain lion, also known as a cougar, belongs to the same species as the grizzly bear

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