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Mother Wrestles with Mountain Lion to Save Her Son — 6 Comments

  1. I believe that I would have done the same to save my child.
    But, like every other animal involved in an incident with humans, I don’t believe that it is OK to just kill willy-nilly. There is no way to know what animal to target, not to mention that no animal should be targeted at all.
    From what I have read, this 5 y/o child was alone, after dark, when this incident occurred.
    In my Florida, so many gators are killed just to appease supposed victims. They may or may not be the perpetrators. It’s only done to calm the people. So sad.

    • Predators are not evil. They did not choose a child because they are mean. They evaluated the prey in front of them and decided that the reward was likely greater than the risk.
      I am not happy the cats were destroyed. It is simply a grim reality.
      So many people want to live with nature then when confronted with it demand it be removed or destroyed.
      We have few issues with wildlife. At the same time if a big cat started haunting my property I would be inclined to call wildlife and have it removed or destroyed. I would of course prefer they be relocated to a wilder less populated place. I can discourage most critters. I can’t stop looking like meat walking to my car early in the morning or late at night.

  2. The issue is the cat has now attacked humans and sees them as prey. The fact that the mother had time to beat the cat off the child shows it was likely a younger cat that didn’t deliver a death bite. I don’t know the exact demographics of this area but I’m guessing rural with wildlife habitat. Just because you clear the land and make a nice lawn doesn’t make it safe.
    Wildlife that attacks humans are also routinely destroyed to check for rabies.
    I’m guessing these were young males with no territory.

  3. It’s really too bad that the human species has moved into the lands that were once pristine. I realize that people need homes and should be able to live where they want. It’s just a shame that the animals have to suffer, since they have no idea what utter and unknowing creeps a lot of humans are. I live in the Sonoran Desert and have for many years. I used to see mountain lion tracks as the cats traveled to and from their winter and summer ground. Skunks came for a visit every 3 months to see if there was anything they could eat here. Deer would bed down in the wild chamomille at night. I never fed any of them, just enjoyed their proximity every time they came through. Since this area has been built up and the city people have moved out, the animals have disappeared. I miss the interaction with God’s creatures and I sure as hell don’t think this is better! People don’t want to learn how to live with the wildlife, they don’t care to learn, just kill or remove any critter that bothers them.

    • Susan, you and I are in harmony on the issues that you have raised in your comment. The population of America is growing fast squeezing out wildlife. In the UK we did it years ago. It is sad. It truly is. Personally I would not have killed the pumas. It is wrong to do that because they did no wrong in my book.

    • Susan, I appreciate your comments. Until June of 2015 my son and I lived in a gated community of forest land in Northern California in the “Gold Rush” area. We had mule deer, raccoons, skunks, rabbits, black bears, bobcats, and the occasional mountain lion on our two acres. They were all there before us humans and we respected that fact.

      Now we live in a small community in Georgia, with a very small backyard bordering a small forest area. We feed an assortment of birds, and a few squirrels and chipmunks. We also keep four different fountains filled with fresh water for our critters, and they really appreciate the cool drinks. It goes without saying that our cats are indoors only, but they love watching our wild visitors through the windows and glass doors.

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