Saturday, December 26, 2009

Opinion from Iowa: "Cougar’s senseless death overglorified"

Letters to the Editor

Cougar’s senseless death overglorified

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 by Jeff Tecklenburg.

It was with sadness that I read of the killing of a mountain lion in Iowa County. The brave exploit, glorified on KCRG-TV9 television, should have been treated far differently by the media.

Were there reports of livestock predation? Had any animals suffered other than natural prey who lack predators to control their numbers? Was the beast threatening any of the heavily armed deer hunters? No, the big cat was resting on a branch in a tree when the courageous marksman brought him down with a shotgun equipped with a scope, risking frostbite and who knows what else.

The proud sportsman’s assessment? “Dumb luck.” Dumb something.

Scott Nau

Cedar Rapids


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