On July 21, on a private property three miles north of Cedaredge, a marauding mountain was taken. The property owner, who asked that her name not be used, told the DCI that state wildlife official had given permission for the animal to be taken. Wildlife officials took possession of the carcass.
The lion had been raiding livestock on family property and had taken three goats. "The goats were taken in pre-dawn and the cat came back in the evening," explained the landowner in an e-mail. "The approximate weight was 200 pounds and its tail touched the ground when it was draped over the four-wheeler."
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.