MIDLOTHIAN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A Midlothian man is trying to solve the mysterious disappearances of more than a dozen of his animals.

James Kirkland sets traps on his 60-acre homestead, hoping to catch a big predator. He hopes it’s the same one that killed his cat, Sonic, or his goat, Thanksgiving.

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“I lost two goats last year. I lost two goats this year,” said Kirkland.

Thanksgiving the goat was killed a week ago, and James believes it was eaten by a bobcat or a mountain lion. He caught a bobcat once in one of his traps.

“It’s a cruel balance between humanity and animals. I want to promote wildlife… but we have to have some sort of agreement. Don’t eat my kids, and I won’t try to trap you,” said Kirkland.

The game warden says there are up to 15 calls every year for sightings of mountain lions — none have been confirmed. They say it’s not impossible to see one.

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Over the last 15 years, Kirkland says he has lost five dogs, about eight cats and five goats.

Jason Peel hunts raccoons, hogs and bobcats — animals that are a nuisance to farmers and residents.

“I had one lady who had two small dogs… they got killed. She thought it was a bobcat,” said Peel.

According to the game warden, bobcats are having babies this time of the year and are hunting more to feed them. It’s the reality — and the risk — of sharing a backyard with wild animals.

“That’s the thing. If you’re gonna live in the country, you got small animals, you gotta be on your guard because that quick… a predator will get it,” said Peel.

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Kirkland says it’ll be tough to kill a mountain lion if he catches one because they’re so beautiful. The game warden says a hunting license isn’t needed to shoot or kill a mountain lion on your property.