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Santa Monica Cougar Death: Business as Usual

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, killing, law enforcement )

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Tuesday's shooting of the young mountain lion in the heart of Santa Monica City and the ensuing outrage over law enforcement's decision to kill the three-year-old cat illustrates the public's changing attitude toward wildlife and predators in particular


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. (0)
Friday May 25, 2012, 12:01 pm
Any 10 year old would tell you, after you shoot an animal with a dart gun, you FOLLOW it, until it falls asleep. You don't anger it with a fire hose! The Santa Monica police, and fire dept. clearly have no idea what to do with a wild animal. They only know how to deal with people who are WEARING animal skins.
Pure incompetence, and lack of judgement.

Jene B (8)
Friday May 25, 2012, 3:19 pm
I read that not long ago that there were only 7 mountain lions left in the Santa Monica mountains. It's a terrible shame that this animal was killed. Couldn't we have done better?

Barb Knight (1685)
Friday May 25, 2012, 3:32 pm
Oh! I am so saddend and outraged at the same time!! God bless you, Big Boy or Big Girl. I'm still shaking my head over this. Can't somebody create a petition against the Santa Monica police department for killing 'Cougie'? I feel a petition coming over me. Thnx Cher!

samantha l (0)
Friday May 25, 2012, 4:08 pm

Carmen S (611)
Friday May 25, 2012, 5:35 pm
so sad, thanks Cher for getting the word out

Carol H (229)
Friday May 25, 2012, 5:36 pm
sadly noted

Ann B (60)
Friday May 25, 2012, 6:26 pm
This is just horrible. I am sadden by this. :(

pam w (139)
Friday May 25, 2012, 6:33 pm
Yes...this is sad.

BUT....until you personally have held a dart gun and been responsible for estimating the exact amount of drug to bring down an animal full of adrenalin....and until you personally have had to place that dart in just the right place...try not to be too critical of the people who did this.

Nobody INTENDED to kill the was clearly an accident.

Don't make KNEE-JERK JUDGMENTS, please....until you know something about tranquilizing mountain lions.

Kelly Rogers (7)
Friday May 25, 2012, 8:38 pm
Read and sickened.

Michelle S (462)
Friday May 25, 2012, 10:17 pm
The "public's changing attitude!?"

We here in California have voted for decades to protect our mountain lions from hunting and extinction!!!

The Fish & Game Department are clearly on a different track, what with their ludicrous "KILL FIRST, THINK LATER" policy of mountain lion management.

They're supposed to be experts at what they do, yet they couldn't adequately tranquilize this poor thing and relocate it!? BULLSHIT! TRIGGER HAPPY JACKHOLES!

Angela N (0)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 9:42 am

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 11:42 am
the problem is that we do know all the possible things that can go wrong during an attempt to tranquilize and we still do the same old thing. i live in the hills. there are mountain lions. when we see them, we go back inside. i don't see any reason why they couldn't have set a live trap and told people to stay in the stores and buildings.

cynthia l (207)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 11:50 am
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They should have blocked off the area until the animal was taken into custody. No they tortured and killed it. Trigger happy jerkoffs They are suppose to be protected

. (1)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 9:33 pm
Noted. Thank you Cher.

Susan Griffiths (24)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 10:51 pm
Excellent article. Three people in Northern America killed since 2000 and in just one year, 2011, 13,000 people were killed by people. Which animal is the more dangerous. Yes, The USA needs to be honest as to WHY it is killing non-human predators. It is not to protect people. And, a responsible and consistent policy towards wildlife needs to be instituted, followed and enforced.

Anneke Andries (279)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 4:36 am
very upsetting

Laurie H (818)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 8:30 am
Such unnecessary violence, killing & sadness!~~ SOMETHING NEEDS TO HAPPEN TO STOP THIS TREND~

Ruth C (87)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 9:04 am
May the Almighty God repay the doer of what is bad according to his own badness!!!

Rock H (254)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 9:47 am
Noted. Thank you Cher.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 9:54 am
An unfortunate situation for all around.
Worst for the mountain lion by incompetent safety officers.
Best for the incompetents is to take animal safety and training classes.
Another endangered animal senselessly put down...

Ty, Cher.

Nicole W (646)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 10:03 am
noted, thanks.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 11:05 am
I am saddened and wish I had the power to make things right for the voiceless. We must keep trying....

Sunday May 27, 2012, 11:49 am
Thank you Cher & Michelle S.

Carol C (97)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 2:12 pm
Noted. Thank you.

naomi cohen (55)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 4:25 pm
this blatant disregard for life makes me sick. they 'accidentally' killed the cougar, so they are forgiven. not so. they must be fired from their jobs. the are useless, incompetent and have hearts of stone.

Michela M (3964)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 4:51 pm
Noted. Thank you

Evelyn B (79)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 6:56 pm
Sadly Noted Tks. Cher...

Michaela Peters (39)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 8:31 pm
TY Michelle noted. Sad really sad!

Gabriela C (105)
Monday May 28, 2012, 12:25 am
Noted. Thanks Cher.

Sara P (52)
Monday May 28, 2012, 8:06 am
I don't know what to say! Here in northern Italy, in Trentino, there are people who complain that there are too many bears, good excuse for the hunters!!!!! Nature has always been controlled by itself following the normal food chain with the help of the big predators, the man has seen fit to eliminate entire species from the face of the earth and every day there is a good excuse to kill. How sad, because they always have to win ???

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Monday May 28, 2012, 2:09 pm
Noted. Thanks Cher!

Grainne OCarroll (72)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 4:03 am
Noted and shared.

P. L. Neola (21)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 8:47 am
Read! The tranquillizer’s dose must have been weak. They might not have estimated its weight properly. It really is incompetence on the part of the authorities. They could have and should have done better for the animal! At present, most of our wildlife is displaced due to development.

David N (19)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 3:31 pm

leslie c (18)
Friday June 1, 2012, 11:17 pm
Noted & sadly read. Thanks Cher.
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