Letter: Killing cougars isn't the answer

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  • SLCBob Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2018 9:06 p.m.

    In California, where trophy hunting of mountain lions is banned, mountain lion attacks on humans are rare compared to other states that allow trophy hunting of lions, relative to human and mountain lion population size. Attacks on humans may actually be exacerbated by trophy hunting. When adult mountain lions are removed, subadults move into a vacancy at much higher densities. Not unlike human teenagers, juvenile mountain lions tend to get into trouble when they are unsupervised.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 2:53 p.m.

    RE: "Killing cougars isn't the answer"...
    True, but Managing their population is... and that's what the DWR is doing. Their job.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 10:47 a.m.

    To "Sundays Hunt" and what is your plan when cougars start creeping down into neighborhoods and killing dogs, cats, small children, and lone joggers?

    Are you willing to keep a cougar in a cage at your house? Will you (not tax payers) pay for the upkeep of a wild animal in a zoo or sanctuary?

    We keep hearing these anti-hunting opinions, so we know what you don't want. What we need to hear is what is your plan for the starving animals. Do you have a plan?

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 3:31 a.m.

    I guess the letter writer hasn't observed the results of California's ban on cougar hunts. Sorry but the board makes the decisions based on extensive experience and scientific research into animal and wildlife management.

    Yes these additional tags will protect domesticated animals, both livestock and pets (fur-babies) and they will protect humans too. As 2bits noted fatal Human cougar encounters are not uncommon and are becoming more common in CA where the abiltity to manage the population of cats was severely curtailed at the same time as humans continue to expand their intrusion deepr and deeper into the wildland interface.

    These are hunted for trophies, they are not good eating, but hunting them still serves to manage the population seeking to maintain a stable, viable population of cats rather than an excessive population that is forced into our cities to hunt our fur-babies and our children for food.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 1:59 p.m.

    It's not just the livestock people like the letter writer assumes.

    An adult cougar can't live without killing something every 9-12 days. It's mostly deer and Elk, but Cougars also kill livestock, pets, and even people.

    Google "Cougar Biology & Behavior"...

    Cougars are "obligate carnivores", meaning they can only eat meat. They must eat meat to survive.

    They are prolific killers. They sometimes kill humans.
    Google "List of fatal cougar attacks in North America - Wikipedia"...

    A hiker was killed by a cougar this week.

    The DWR allowing licenses to hunt cougars is also not just for trophies. The DWR is responsible for the health of all wildlife. They give licenses each year to manage populations of wild animals (not just Cougars). Without these licenses and managing the populations we would have more deaths by starvation, and more wildlife encounters in our cities (which is not a good thing).

    Wildlife management isn't fun to think about, but it's necessary.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 10:49 a.m.

    So for Ms. Hunt and her supporters I have to ask what is the correct number of cougars can and should be taken? She objects to the increased number of tags this year, but doesn't tell us what number she would find acceptable.

    Given her undisclosed position with the Humane Society, I suspect she objects to all hunting whether for predator control, vermin control, or for food. But her disclosing that might cost her support among sensible people.


    Predator control and vermin predation are both perfectly valid reasons to hunt, along with hunting for food as well as general population control. Some seem to think humans are the only part of nature that shouldn't have any effect on nature. Some think animals starving to death, dying of disease, or getting hit by cars--endangering human life and limb--is somehow better or more humane than being shot by hunters striving for a clean kill.

    Let us also remember, the left has made clear that personal religious morals have no place in law. So moral objections to hunting must carry no more weight than do moral objections to drugs, gambling, or various sexual behaviors.

  • barfolomew Tooele, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 10:29 a.m.

    "Killing cougars isn't the answer"

    OK, Mr. "Sundays Hunt" (?), what is the answer? Animal rights folks always have an opposition to things but never an actual answer.

    And to the DN. Why do you print letters from people who give you an obviously false name?

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 9:05 a.m.

    I grew up hunting and have many personal heroes who taught me hunting but I have no respect for people who hunt predators for sport. Predators are important for the health of the ecosystem.

  • hntrdan slc, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 8:34 a.m.

    Sorry but this is the most miss information piece I have ever read. No facts at all. Just an opinion of someone who has no working knowledge of the real life experiences of farming, ranching, outdoors and wildlife. These animals are managed for the sake of wildlife depredation first and foremost.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 7:17 a.m.

    It should be obvious to everyone that killing cougars doesn't fit the usual argument for killing wildlife, that they are just trying to provide food for their families.

    Humans are the biggest threat to nature. Killing off top predators creates a ripple effect that brings unintended consequences.

    Trophy hunting should be banned completely. If someone's ego is so pitiful that they have to kill something to hang a head on the wall, they should get therapy instead.