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Cougar Killed

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  1. buffalo soldier

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    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Authorities shot and killed a mountain lion early Sunday that they said was stalking people around an equestrian facility.

    State Fish and Game officials left out a roadkill coyote near a trap Friday to bait the mountain lion, and there were signs that it fed off the carcass, said Steve Martarano, spokesman for the department.

    A U.S. Department of Agriculture specialist was called in to help find the animal with tracking dogs. The mountain lion was spotted in a tree early Sunday morning and shot.

    A necropsy was planned to determine the cause of the 75-pound male's unusually aggressive behavior. Authorities said the mountain lion stared at a small child at one point, and in another instance didn't flee when tracking officers shined a flashlight at it.

    "The animal was acting strange; it was abnormal behavior," Martarano said. "A lot of times the reason behind that is disease or other factors."

    Martarano said officials believed the mountain lion was the same one shot by authorities 10 days earlier, because it appeared to have an old buckshot wound. There were two schools nearby, and Fish and Game authorities had warned parents not to leave children unattended in the area.

    Authorities had believed there were two mountain lions in the area, but they now believe there was only one
     
  2. Nestor

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    It's only animal...there is no fault...we just violate a animal territory, but I know there is no other way. I strongly belive that our children should be safe.
     

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    {Authorities said the mountain lion stared at a small child at one point, and in another instance didn't flee when tracking officers shined a flashlight at it.}

    Wow, a Mt Lion is kill because it was acting agressive. WTF;Q

    I glad animals don't go up and kill us for acting agressive. I don't seen anything strange other than the fact that it was near a school as causing an red flag or alarm.

    I'm really surprise they didn't try to drug and relocated the cat to a more wilder area.

    Florida can use some more Mt Lions/Panthers.;f
     
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    So I take it that agressive mountain lions are the norm in Miami?
     
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    I agree. It's just a mountain lion. What's the big deal?

    Dangerous predators become even more dangerous when they lose their fear of man. Human interaction with wild animals should be avoided to reduce the chances of this happening. When the predators are protected from the encroaching humans, the animals lose there fear and soon begin to consider the human as a potential food source. When this happens, the animals must be killed or the humans must leave.

    This is nothing new. When the humans move in, the animals have to go. If they don't, they are killed. It's called progress. If you don't like it move to the boonies. There's plenty of wilderness left. Just go!

    As a side note - In areas where humans use guns to protect their livestock and children, the animals generally never lose their fear of the humans.
     
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    {So I take it that agressive mountain lions are the norm in Miami?}

    No I didn't say that and nor have I've seen any Mt-lions in the wild in Miami ;Q

    Now nowhere in that above article did anything warrant the death of the Mt-lion nor would I not be surprise if the animal was acting "strange; it was abnormal behavior" after being shot at.

    Just as easy as it was to shoot the animal, they could have easily drug/trap and caught the animal and relocated to a more wilder area or monitor it's behavior before killing the lion if such action where needed.

    {I agree. It's just a mountain lion. What's the big deal?}

    We have Dominion over animals but pretty sure our own stupidity will catch with us, and we will only know them like how we know the dinosaurs; by books/movies/etc...........that's the big deal.


    just my 0.02c.
     
  7. commander

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    My heart bleeds!;Q

    Actually, the DFG tried for about a week to trap the animal. The lion was shot (and wounded) as it was stalking a Deputy Game Warden when it didn't show any sign of backing down. Later, it was shot and killed b/c a wounded animal IS A THREAT to nearby humans. We are in no danger of wiping them off the face of the earth like some of the bambists would have us believe.

    Personally, I don't like mt. lions living in my backyard. If I want to see one, I'll go over to their house. That's one of the cool things about living in So. Calif. Within 2 hours I can drive to where mt. lions and deer and bear are plentiful and people aren't.