Officials determined that a horse near Cleburne died Monday of wounds suffered from a barbed wire fence and wasn’t attacked by a mountain lion, as initially suspected.
Evidence indicated the horse had become entangled in the fence, according to a statement Wednesday from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Norma Hadley, the mother of the horse’s owner, told the Cleburne Times-Review earlier in the week that the horse appeared to have been attacked overnight Sunday by a mountain lion on their property near Cleburne State Park. The horse, Hank, was found Monday morning with lacerations and what appeared to be claw marks, Hadley said.
A second horse also had scratch marks but survived.
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Mountain lions in Texas are often found in the far western areas of the state and in South Texas, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.