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California mountain lion shot dead by landowners after preying on sheep sparks fiery debate
Fox News ^ | February 12, 2019 | Jennifer Earl

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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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: california; cougar; moutainlion; sheep
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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.
1 posted on 02/12/2019 8:56:39 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: george76; Flycatcher

Kitty Ping!


2 posted on 02/12/2019 8:57:17 AM PST by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: 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.

Nutrition counseling and behavior modification would have only taken a few years to resolve the problem.

3 posted on 02/12/2019 8:58:47 AM PST by Steely Tom ([Seth Rich] == [the Democrat's John Dean])
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To: jazusamo

Kitty fajitas


4 posted on 02/12/2019 8:59:40 AM PST by Jolla
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To: jazusamo

Shoot, shovel, silence.


5 posted on 02/12/2019 8:59:55 AM PST by MeganC (There is nothing feminine about feminism.)
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To: jazusamo

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Maybe they could put a bell around its neck.

Or bring in a negotiator.


6 posted on 02/12/2019 9:01:03 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: MeganC

“Shoot, shovel, silence”.

That’s it.


7 posted on 02/12/2019 9:01:04 AM PST by laplata (The Left/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: MeganC

Shoot, shovel, silence.

Really. Where was the shot fired? In a Walmart parking lot?

How did everyone know about this?


8 posted on 02/12/2019 9:01:17 AM PST by samtheman (How can there be so many brain damaged Americans?)
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To: jazusamo

“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.


9 posted on 02/12/2019 9:02:10 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Millennials are Morons)
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To: MeganC

Hard to silence when the cat was wearing a monitoring collar and data show where it stopped moving was in your backyard.
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10 posted on 02/12/2019 9:02:17 AM PST by rey
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To: samtheman

You don’t get it.


11 posted on 02/12/2019 9:02:49 AM PST by laplata (The Left/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: jazusamo
...killing the lion via a depredation permit would do no good...

Not so!!! Killing THIS lion means THIS lion won't eat/kill another pet or any other livestock.

Ever.

12 posted on 02/12/2019 9:03:35 AM PST by Alas Babylon! (The media is after us. Trump's just in the way.)
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To: rey

Cut the cat’s head off, remove the collar, toss it on a passing truck or train.

Problem solved.


13 posted on 02/12/2019 9:04:10 AM PST by MeganC (There is nothing feminine about feminism.)
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To: Jolla
Kitty fajitas

LOL!

True story: I've eaten cougar ham and believe it or not it was fine, not much different then regular ham.

14 posted on 02/12/2019 9:04:43 AM PST by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

Dont look for lions laying down with lambs anytime soon...at least not on that property.


15 posted on 02/12/2019 9:05:37 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: rey

Put collar in your car.

Drive to any highway overpass. Throw collar into back of open semi.

Kitty go on lllooonnnggg voyage.


16 posted on 02/12/2019 9:05:47 AM PST by Alas Babylon! (The media is after us. Trump's just in the way.)
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To: MeganC
Shoot, shovel, silence.

Jeez, it's like no one has ever heard of Shoot, Shovel and Shut Up. BTW, getting a third party involved is your first mistake.
17 posted on 02/12/2019 9:06:05 AM PST by akalinin
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To: MeganC

Lol Good idea. Or sink it in a deep lake.


18 posted on 02/12/2019 9:06:08 AM PST by laplata (The Left/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: MeganC

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.


19 posted on 02/12/2019 9:06:23 AM PST by rey
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To: jazusamo

Here;s the local piece on this:
https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9272285-181/young-mountain-lion-shot-dead


20 posted on 02/12/2019 9:06:44 AM PST by rey
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