A mountain lion disaster just waiting to happen.

spectr17

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From Jim Matthews' column this week.

A mountain lion disaster just waiting to happen.

At Rancho Cuyamaca State Park in San Diego County, there is a cooperative study on mountain lions being done by the DFG and state parks. The study needs radio-collared lions, but state park rules forbid the use of dogs to tree the big cats. But apparently the lions at Cuyamaca are prone to do things lions other places don't often do: eat carrion left by other predators or man -- specifically, road-killed animals. A few have also attacked humans, and in one instance consumed a woman hiker. So the plan was to keep an eye out for road-killed deer and then put traps around one to catch a cat or two for radio-collaring. A ranger came across a freshly-killed deer one evening and hoisted the still-warm carcass into the back of his truck. He went home and plans were made to put the deer out with traps the next morning. During the night, the deer was removed from the truck in his driveway. Gone. A lion had taken the deer 200 yards, ate its fill, and covered the rest.

The researchers were elated. They found the deer carcass, set traps around it, and hoped to catch their first lion for the study. But on checking the snares the next day, they found all the traps sprung, and the deer carcass was ripped from its tie-down and again hauled away. A closer look revealed that a fox had come to the carcass, was caught in the snare, and then killed and eaten by the lion. The deer carcass was found again, more snares were set, and the next night a big male lion was captured, tranquilized, collared, and released. Within days, this big cat was spotted in a local resident's driveway. Seeing the collar they assumed the cat was someone's pet and initially started to get out and herd it into their car.

The cat's menacing demeanor made the couple retreat back into their vehicle until the cat left. This same cat was suspected of leaving claw marks on the side of another truck, apparently jumping into the back to look for more dead deer. "This lion is clearly not intimidated by people. It is a dangerous animal, but because of this study, this cat will continue to roam all over the mountain," said a local resident. "The state is courting disaster with this one. Normally, a cat exhibiting this behavior would be destroyed, but now someone is going to get hurt." Do I need to add anything here?
 

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As much as I hate to say it.. The only way we may get hunting back for the big cats is if more people are killed by them.. That is about the only thing that will wake the public up...
 
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mt. lions have lost their fear of man in cal. for sure my two boys were chased by a female and her cub while quail hunting three years ago.
we were givin a two week depredation tag but couldn't find the cat she moved to a neibours rahch about seven miles away they shot her in their daughter 4-H pig's pen having breafast. I know what I would do about it...****-**
 

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Another place to be careful with your children is BLM's Empire Landing Campground near Parker along the Colorado River.  Last January we seen fresh lion tracks every morning.  When the cats hear the toilet flush during the night they come running into the campground.

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The trend for mountain lions seems to be the same as coyotes. However, the lions are smarter and higher on the food chain then coyotes so it will take them longer to acclimate to the growing human population intruding on their territory. Eventually they will be running the streets of the cities at night with no regaurd for people, just like the coyotes do. And as with the coyotes and house cats, when food gets plentiful they will find thrill in chasing and killing the "domestic mammals." Maybe then, society will re-think who it is thats really endangered, and at the top of the food chain.
 

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