Modern wildlife populations require management and as politics becomes intertwined with science it becomes increasingly difficult to impose hunting seasons that meet management goals
Mountain lions have been grabbing the headlines just like the Hollywood cougars on the covers of gossip tabloids at checkout newsstands. Earlier this year a warning was issued in Breckenridge, Colorado, for a mountain lion that comfortably moved into the community. And in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Ken and Glenda Kerbo were amazed when they not only spotted, but photographed a mountain lion lurking in their backyard. They live on the east side of the city, not an area commonly called cougar country. Interestingly, this is the second year in a row they’ve had backyard-cougar company.
Another good example is what occurred recently in Portland, Oregon as reported on Fox News. Officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were called to a backyard where they found a mountain lion perched in a tree. No stranger to the area, the mountain lion had been reported by residents all week long. It felt at home, at ease and found its meals nearby. One resident reported it had killed her cat leaving just a paw and the cat’s tail as leftover evidence.
Although mountain lions roam in and out of suburbia throughout mountain lion country, having any large predator in such close proximity could result in a deadly situation. As reported, a housecat likely became lunch for the Portland mountain lion, but what’s to say a morning jogger or backyard toddler couldn’t be on the attack list next?