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Predators a problem along river bottoms

July 1, 2014

This yearling Nubian goat doe was discovered dead on Saturday morning on Vickie Williams' farm just south of Firth.

Predators, possibly coyotes, have been stalking livestock—goats and sheep—in about a five-mile area just south of Firth.
Property owners living along 700 North and near Kimball Hill have had a predator problem for about a month.
"I've raised goats for 10 years," said Vickie Williams. "The coyotes are right in the backyard.
"Never have they killed goats or other animals before," she said. "I've never had a problem until this year."
Last Saturday morning, one of her Nubian does was killed by a predator. The doe was in her pasture.
"I'm concerned about children in the area," said Williams.
"I've lived here 35 years and I've never had a predator problem before," said Jan Mecham. "Coyotes have gotten some of my chickens before but they have never gone after my livestock."
The predators "are brazen," she said. "They are not scared of anything."
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