Mountain Lion Hunting

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Saturday - April 28, 2012

At the beginning of the week a mountain lion was struck and killed on Hwy 101 in California. By the time Fish and Game arrived on the scene the paws had been sawed off the mountain lion's front legs.

Wardens believe that someone, maybe with a police scanner had heard the report come in, and then before the fish and game were able to get there, had sawed off the paws. Most likely the person would try to sell the paws as it is illegal to posess any part of a mountain lion in California.

Thursday - April 26, 2012

More sightings of mountain lions are occurring in Missouri. Officials say there is no cause for worry at this point. Mountain lions are secretive animals that are more scared of humans then we are of them.

Why is Missouri experiencing more mountain lion sightings? It is believed that the young males are looking for love- or a new place of their own. The west is highly populated with mountain lions, so to find a new area they search and that search leads them east. However female mountain lions are not very prevalent and this pushes the males further in which case they will probably run into humans.

Wednesday - April 25, 2012

The California Highway Patrol received a report about a deer on the side of the road in Santa Barbara County. When they arrived to investigate, a deer was on one side of the road, and a cougar was on the other side of the road. They believe the cougar had been struck while chasing the deer across U.S. Route 101.

Thursday - April 19, 2012

A cougar made a meal out of a Squamish resident's dog, and has been seen repeatedly in the area. The District of Squamish issued a cougar warning, so that residents are aware of the possible danger.

Wednesday - April 4, 2012

Last week Robert Biggs was in the news for surviving a mountain lion attack when a mother bear came to his rescue. His story was amazing, and may have been believable or unbelievable. California Department of Fish and Game took it very seriously. They would have to warn people if there was a mountain lion attacking people in a popular hiking spot.

Saturday - March 31, 2012

The Black Hills area of South Dakota has two main big game animal populations, elk and mountain lion. They were the key topics discussed at a public meeting. About 40 people came to speak out to the upper management of the South Dakota GF&P, because they believe the GF&P is lying to them. Lying about the actual depredation of elk by the mountain lions. The public believes that the GF&P gives out too many cow elk tags and not enough mountain lion tags. The elk herds seem to be dwindling, and the number of mountain lions grows.

Thursday - March 29, 2012

Robert Biggs of Paradise, California has some favorite hiking spots. One that he frequents is in the Bean Soup Flat area above Whiskey Flats. On numerous occasions on these hikes he has seen a mother bear with her cubs at different times of year and different ages. All of the occasions have been friendly.

On Monday he came upon the bear with a cub and a yearling. He watched them for awhile, and then he was ready to turn around on the trail to leave the bear family alone. Suddenly from behind a mountain lion attacked him. The mountain lion stuck its paws into Bigg's backpack, luckily missing Bigg's head.

Friday - March 9, 2012

In November, Daniel Hamann's neighbor came over to tell him a cougar was in the area. The cougar was hiding in a culvert, and the men flushed it. Hamann shot the cougar after it was flushed, a 1-3 year old male that weighed 125 lbs, and appeared to be a wild cougar.

Thursday - March 8, 2012

A portion of the study on the elk in Custer State Park, South Dakota, utilizes a helicopter crew. The helicopter crew will go in first and dart some cow elk, then return and pick up the researchers. When the researchers reach the sedated cow elk, they fit them with implants and radio collars to track their movement, and when they calve in the spring the researchers then also radio collar the calves.

This year after tranquilizing one cow elk, the pilot told the researchers they wouldn't believe it but a mountain lion was trying to make lunch out of one of the drugged animals. Actually it was very believable though, as this is exactly what happened last year.

Thursday - March 8, 2012

When hunting, the game animal should not be tortured. That is what was going on in the cases that Marvin Ellis was involved with. Ellis worked for a guide company out of Mack, Colorado and guided hunts in Utah and Colorado.

Ellis as well as other employees of the guide in at least two instances, used a leg snare trap on a mountain lion. Then kept the animal snared until the paying customer, an actual hunter could show up and "hunt" the animal. In one case an animal was shot by a guide, when trying to keep it in the area for a paying customer. These instances happened between December of 2007 through February 2010.