Thursday, August 20, 2009

"Cougar Clippings" for 19 Aug 2009 from Mountain Lion Foundation

Dear Friend,

Here are a few of the top stories on mountain lions from recent news articles. For more frequent updates, visit MountainLion.org and read the news daily.

Mountain Lion Exhibit Helps Educate

On August 22nd the Center of Southwest Studies in Durango, Colorado, will open an exhibit on mountain lions. This educational display is much needed after two recent sightings made the papers, one of which resulted in the lion being shot for simply wandering through a residential area. If the public understands lions and can reduce irrational fears, hopefully the Department of Wildlife will be inclined to adopt non- lethal protocols for handling mountain lion sightings.

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Cougar Hound Killed In Hunt

During cougar hunts with hounds, the dogs will chase a fearful cougar until it is exhausted and climbs a tree for safety. The hunter is then notified on a GPS device that the dogs have stopped moving, and he will drive to the location to shoot the cat out of the tree. But in this rare event, a cougar turned on the dogs rather than allow himself to be treed. One dog was killed, two others injured, and the owner is complaining about vet bills and wondering if federal agencies will reimburse him for his losses. In the meantime, the cougar is being hunted down for attacking the dogs. With losses to both wildlife and domestic animals, it is baffling why this barbaric practice is still legal in so many places.

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Cougar Killed After It's Struck by Car Near Quilcene

It's not just Florida Panthers that are losing their territory and being killed on city highways. Mountain lions in the West are killed everyday while trying to cross the major roads and freeways that split their territories or create obstacles which prevent juveniles from dispersing. On Monday near Quilcene Washington, a female lion was hit by a car on highway- 101. A state patrol trooper arrived shortly after and shot the mortally wounded lion to end her suffering. While at the location, state officials also witnessed another lion crossing the road, which likely was related to the female (siblings or mother and cub).

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Those were just a few of the lion articles from the past week. Click here to read more! The Mountain Lion Foundation follows cougar and wildlife news each week. For a complete library of the most pertinent news articles, visit the Mountain Lion Foundation Newsroom.
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