Colorado authorities successfully haze cougar. Why do states differ when responding?

This story illustrates that although science is constant, states differ in their response to mountain lion incidents. Colorado authorities successfully hazed a mountain lion that had a deer cache under the deck of a family home. The agency removed the deer and made life a little uncomfortable for the lion to deter it from further activity in the area. Yet in Oregon the policy is automatic execution for any lion that is seen near human development. Most states claim to base their protocols on science so what is so different from the science that Oregon is using from the science utilized by Colorado?

Thank you Colorado for not inciting panic and for being realistic about how we can safely and humanely respond to mountain lions.

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The question is not, ‘Can they REASON?’ or ‘Can they “TALK?’, but ‘Can they SUFFER?’ Jeremy Bentham

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It seems researchers made use of a cruel Government cull to study whether wolves are extirpating caribou. Even though that was not supported, the Canadians are planning to kill thousands more wolves.

A tunnel visioned editorial about the environmental movement.

Notice in this piece how the author doesn’t actually address the issues, just concentrates on criticisms. For this article to have any meaning, a potential solution should have been offered that identified environmental challenges and offered a way to fix them. This is merely a distraction….

Progress happens when states hold people accountable

As you can read in the attached article, a resident of Haines Alaska killed a grizzly bear sow and her two cubs when he discovered them in his garbage. Thankfully, the courts held the man responsible for following and killing the bears. Greater awareness of the consequences of abusive where to purchase valtrex online destruction of wildlife may deter would-be offenders. It is encouraging when states acknowledge the severity of these kind of crimes. They are crimes that target not only the animals but society as a whole.

11 Law Enforcement Officers and 3 ODFW employees respond, several draw guns on cougar in Bend Or

How many people does it take to respond to a mountain lion in a tree? It sounds like one of those old lightbulb jokes, but not in this case… Cougars retreat to trees for safety-hence the use of dogs by ‘sportsmen’ to drive a lion into a tree where they can calmly shoot it. Fair chase? Not according to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, but that’s another story. The lesson here is that a cougar in a tree is trying to get away. Cougars avoid people as much as they possibly can. At just two years old this young male was probably seeking his own territory and it was that journey that inadvertently took him into Bend. Not a comfortable spot for a cougar, and to be fair, not an appropriate one either. It seems the cougar realized this when he sought refuge in the tree. As far as we know this was the only sighting and not a very pleasant experience for the lion at all- unpleasant enough that had ODFW taken him out to public land and released him, the story would have been over. ODFW, despite the notorious difficulties associated with counting mountain lions, claim that there are over 6000 in the state of Oregon. If this is accurate buy valtrex in the uk (which is doubtful) then their very own data shows how little trouble is being caused by all these lions. Pets, livestock and our families, depend on adult humans to make wise decisions regarding safety. No form of conflict prevention can be guaranteed 100%, but much like seat belts in your vehicle, using preventative measures gives you the best odds. If cougars do wander into towns and it is an unpleasant experience with no food reward, they have absolutely no reason to stay. Ordering 11 law enforcement officers to stand beneath the tree incites panic among people, it feeds mythical fears, it is a reaction not a response, it is not based on any form of science about wildlife behavior.

ODFW has a rule that says “We just don’t relocate cougars (found) in town,” she said. “If you see them, there something is wrong.” (Michelle Dennehy, ODFW spokesperson).

This statement is pretty much fanciful and cannot be supported by any peer reviewed published science and as Dr Rick Hopkins concluded

” it was “incomprehensible” that someone would decide the cougar should be killed.

“I get it if you get an animal that really is a risk to humans,” Hopkins said, “but that animal was not a risk to humans.”


Montana FWP respond to possible cougar sighting