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Old 01-06-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
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Columbia conservation scientists study cougar | The Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, Missouri

"Tammy Pierson, a conservation agent working in Ray County, said the 115-pound male cat was in a tree when it was shot by a livestock farmer. The cougar had been spotted around 8 p.m. Sunday, when it was treed by the farmers’ dogs. When the farmer arrived, he shot the cat in the head with a .22-caliber rifle."

"According to the department, cougars rarely hunt for humans, but if a cougar is encountered in the wild, people are advised against running away and encouraged to try to make themselves appear physically larger by raising their arms or opening their jacket. If the cougar displays aggressive behavior, people are advised to respond aggressively, such as throwing nearby objects at the creature.

But, Beringer said, it is more likely that a cougar would be scared off by an approaching human. “These things are not as aggressive as they are portrayed to be,” Beringer said.""
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Poor cat, all things need to eat!
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Poor cat, all things need to eat!
I'm glad you wrote it first! I was gonna say the same thing. They could have left it alone and let it leave their property.
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:27 PM   #4
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I'm glad you wrote it first! I was gonna say the same thing. They could have left it alone and let it leave their property.
There exists a mentality out there amongst ranchers that demands zero tolerance with predators. It's one I don't understand; indeed, one that raises my ire. Unfortunately, I don't see the attitude changing until and if humans evolve beyond their present level.

Of course, to them there is no attraction in having a threat to their charges in the area, and they probably experience the wildness folks from the east long for all of the time and find it mundane. Hence, the "wild experience" we revel in is not one that influences them - familiarity breeds contempt...

Nonetheless, I look down upon them for their behavior, and always have.
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It's a shame that someone couldn't see the value in this animal. He may have even been able to make money off of it somehow given the right marketing... Selling "MO Cougar" tracks or something, there are all kind of Ozark shops or charging a fee for groups to look for tracks and signs of the cat, assuming it did stick around for any length of time.

At least he did the right thing by turning it over so the animal can be of some value to the department of conversation.
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It's a shame that someone couldn't see the value in this animal. He may have even been able to make money off of it somehow given the right marketing... Selling "MO Cougar" tracks or something, there are all kind of Ozark shops or charging a fee for groups to look for tracks and signs of the cat, assuming it did stick around for any length of time.

At least he did the right thing by turning it over so the animal can be of some value to the department of conversation.
"Dept of conversation"??? Sometimes I think it should be called that
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