Skip to comments.California mountain lion shot dead by landowners after preying on sheep sparks fiery debate
Posted on 02/12/2019 8:56:39 AM PST by jazusamo
A California family's decision to shoot and kill a hungry mountain lion during the animal's attempt to feast on its third sheep over three consecutive nights is being fiercely debated by locals, as some argue killing the big cat wasn't necessary.
Alejandra Calderon, of Napa, estimated the mountain lion was only about 20 feet from their home when her husband a hunter delivered the fatal blow on Saturday. The young mountain lion was being tracked by Audubon Canyon Ranch, a non-profit conservation and research group based in Stinson Beach, at the time.
As a parent, I hope that they understand how scared we were in the moment, Calderon told The Press Democrat. It was a scary experience.
But Audubon Canyon Ranch, which just started following the mountain lion with a special collar last week, has encouraged landowners to call their Living with Lions research team to capture and remove any wild animals that attack livestock.
"In another win for wildlife, last night a very caring and involved landowner chose to call our Living with Lions team to capture and collar a mountain lion who killed her goat," the organization wrote, in part, on Facebook last week. "This landowner joins two others in the past month who did the right thing when faced with a pet livestock loss: they recognized that killing the lion via a depredation permit would do no good and that by opting to GPS-track these lions, our entire North Bay community will be able to learn so much more about coexisting with wildlife."
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Nutrition counseling and behavior modification would have only taken a few years to resolve the problem.
Shoot, shovel, silence.
Maybe they could put a bell around its neck.
Or bring in a negotiator.
“Shoot, shovel, silence”.
Shoot, shovel, silence.
Really. Where was the shot fired? In a Walmart parking lot?
How did everyone know about this?
“This action by the family that had already lost two sheep to this cougar seems to be a lot more effective in protecting their remaining sheep than the Living with Lions plan, and permanent.”
Sums up the border debate perfectly.
Hard to silence when the cat was wearing a monitoring collar and data show where it stopped moving was in your backyard.
You don’t get it.
Not so!!! Killing THIS lion means THIS lion won't eat/kill another pet or any other livestock.
Cut the cat’s head off, remove the collar, toss it on a passing truck or train.
True story: I've eaten cougar ham and believe it or not it was fine, not much different then regular ham.
Dont look for lions laying down with lambs anytime soon...at least not on that property.
Put collar in your car.
Drive to any highway overpass. Throw collar into back of open semi.
Kitty go on lllooonnnggg voyage.
Lol Good idea. Or sink it in a deep lake.
I think they may wonder about the point at which the cat started moving at 35mph eventually reaching 65 down the highway.
Please avoid engaging in a life of crime. You haven’t the talent for it.
Here;s the local piece on this:
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