Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cougar Kills Dog

"State wildlife officials are searching for a mountain lion that killed a dog in Boise Tuesday, but say it may have already left the area."

At some point, we are going to have to come to a truce with nature, where we accept the risk and responsibility for preserving the wild habitats, and animals that go with them, instead of always going out to kill a wild animal that kills a human or one of our domesticated animals.

I have a real problem with killing wildlife when we choose to put ourselves and our domesticated animals at risk in rural areas. Cougars, wolves, coyotes, lynx, and such are just trying to survive. As we encroach upon their habitats, what else are they to do?

We manage habitats very poorly in this world, here in the US and abroad. That's why we are facing the extinction of so many species of plant and animal.

This is not about eating meat, or hunting. That's a separate topic, and I've addressed that in other articles I've written.

So, unless there is an imminent danger to a human or domesticated animal, then I think we should leave the wild animals alone... and not put temptations in their path... like leaving little fluffy dogs unsupervised in rural communities.

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