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