Predator Incident Report 03.11.2018

Time and date of incident: Exact time unknown but it was during the night between 02-03 November 2018

Predator: Bear

Damage and livestock loss: Damage to fence and barn. Loss of 7 goats.

Owners of property: Eva + Gyarfas Ferencz

Village: Ojdula (Ozsdola) Kopolno

Incident reported to the authorities: No. The owners believe that nothing would be done to help them and that they would not be compensated.

The property is situated on the periphery of the village next to an unsurfaced access track to the forest.

There was one chained German shepherd dog present. It was in the anterior garden with the chickens, but the dog did not have access to the rear garden where the goats are. The dog is a 1 year old juvenile, but no match for a bear on it's own.

The goats were enclosed in a barn with the door shut and secured with a latch. During the day the goats are unlocked and can enter an outer pen via the barn door.

The rear garden is fenced, but it was noted in the morning that this fence had been breached.

The outer pen had also been breached and the door to the barn had a panel missing but the latch was still secured.

Two of the goats were half eaten, and a third was found injured and had to be destroyed. Four other goats were missing.

On the track next to the broken fence intestines were found and the contents were spread across the grass.

Bear scat was found in close proximity to the intestines.

Update: 19:00 03.11.2018 - the owners have reported that three of the seven goats are alive. They left a small gate open to the garden and they returned this evening.