AGFC Says Defense Against Cougar Threats OK

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says anyone threatened by a cougar or seeing the big cat attack livestock can killing it.

The commissioners' remarks come after television reports of White County residents saying a cougar had frightened them and had attacked livestock. Existing rules allow people to protect themselves and their property from wild animals.

The agency says no evidence has been found showing that the big cats are living in the wild in Arkansas. However, officials say occasional sightings may be privately owned captive animals that have been accidentally or deliberately released into the wild.

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