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Cougar or mountain lion attacks horse in Aitkin County

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Cougar or mountain lion attacks horse in Aitkin County
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AITKIN, Minn. (AP) — A horse owner whose 900-pound mare was attacked by a mountain lion or cougar wants other animal owners in Aitkin County to be on the lookout for the big cats.

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Lori Hart's quarter horse Molly was mauled last week on her property north of Aitkin. Hart says the wild animal took a "big chunk" out of the horse's hind quarters. Hart says a Pierz veterinarian confirmed Molly was attacked by a mountain lion or cougar and that there was a similar attack on a calf less than a month ago.

The Brainerd Dispatch reports Hart, who owns 15 horses, says the mare is doing well, but experiencing some swelling around the wound.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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