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Lots of glib answers,but no real substance. There is no disputing that man has dominion over the animals;that was never an issue here,except in your mind,Mark. Only a question of degree. I imagine that you regularly patrol around your property in North Routt to make sure that those dangerous critters don't get the better of you. They know who's boss! (What did you have in mind for making the mountain lions more comfortable?) Your notion of bludgeon them into submission is probably not the best way to manage wildlife,but I'm sure that I'll never convince you of that.
A woman who stood up for what she believed;the protection of an incredibly beautiful valley from radical changes that she did not see as being in the best interests of the community. She will always be one of my heroes. Rest in peace,Elaine.
Short of an all-out attempt to eradicate all mountain lions and bears "in close proximity" to our community,we will just have to "allow then to become comfortable." Truthfully,I doubt mountain lions ever feel "comfortable" in close proximity to humans,and I also doubt that we could successfully get rid of them,even if we tried. They have found a way to be in this area for many,many years,and likely will continue to do so,regardless of what we do to change that.
To Allen Hischke,
What exactly are you proposing? Should we seek to set up a hunt within the Steamboat city limits for any potentially dangerous animals? What about the areas near the city limits,such as Emerald Mountain? Should we seek to eradicate all mountain lions from the area because they are a potential threat to humans and their pets? What about bears in the same areas? Rattlesnakes? Racoons? All potentially dangerous creatures? The animal that caused the problem was hunted down and killed,but apparently that is not good enough for you. I'm not sure what else to call your reaction but "knee-jerk". Fred certainly deserves better.
That is the sort of answer I should have expected from you,Mark. Do you have any answers to any of my other questions?
What constitutes "human" habitat anyway? Is that an exclusive zone where no other species should be allowed? Are all wild animals "dangerous"? Is Brooklyn considered a "densely populated area"? Should we drive out the squirrels,mice,rabbits,etc. because they are wild? What is your natural habitat,Mark? This seems to be a complicated issue.
I have to agree with Fred here. While it is a tragedy for the Kortas family in the loss of their dog,it would be reckless,inappropriate and just plain wrong to start aggressively hunting mountain lions in and around the community. These lions have been part of this area for far longer than the town has been here,and they have not been a significant problem. The most likely reason that encounters might be increasing is because bikers,hikers,and others are entering into areas that previously saw little human activity. With common sense and caution there is no reason that encounters with these animals cannot continue to be an uncommon occurrence.
I'm sure there's a conspiracy of some sort here. Frozen blueberries make a great dessert! Mr.Webster is trying to cast doubt in the minds of unsuspecting dessert seekers! There must be something un-American here.
I went to a Rugby World Cup match in Scotland a number of years ago;same sort of experience as described here. I was amongst the Scottish supporters,and even though it was raining hard and wind blowing near gale force,we had a great time! I heard plenty of things yelled at the referees (especially after we had a few beers),and did not recognize many of them as English as I was used to hearing it,but who cares? The Scots were passionate about their team,and even though they lost to the All Blacks on this occasion,the support never wavered (even if the singing did waver a bit.) One of the best times I've had in my life. Enjoy your time in Scotland,Sophie! You're in a great place.
I find myself in rare agreement with Mark. The city has no business declaring the downtown to be blighted,when that is clearly not the case. I agree that this is an ethical issue,and it is likely that a more worthy community could use that grant money. The city can find a way to finance these improvements without taking such a step.(Mark is of course,exactly right.)
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