Man has always feared the unknown. Even now, with our dominion over nature many are frightened of wild creatures that might kill and eat humans. If you asked someone what animal frightens them the most, chances are sharks, wolves, and mountain lions will be near the top of their list.
It's that fear, what some might even call irrational, that appears to fuel many of the management decisions of state game agencies, even though those same agencies claim to base their policies on science.
Update: A Federal court sentenced Colorado Big Game Hunting Guide Christopher Loncarich to 27 months in prison and 3-years probation for violating Lacey Act.
The sentence was part of a plea bargain when Loncarich plead guilty on 17 counts, for capturing mountain lions and other wildlife in Colorado and Utah so they could be used in expensive "canned" hunts for clients, some of whom didn't even have hunting licenses, and then assisting those clients in sneaking the illegally killed . . .
10/27/14 Guest Commentary by Ernest, Vickers, et al.
Pumas in southern California live among a burgeoning human population of roughly 20 million people. To better understand how habitat loss, fragmentation, and human-caused puma mortality impact the puma population's viability and genetic diversity, researchers have examined genetic status of pumas in coastal mountains within the Peninsular Ranges south of Los Angeles, in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange counties. These Santa Ana Mountains pumas show strong evidence of a genetic bottleneck and isolation from other populations in California. These and ecological findings provide a warning signal to wildlife managers and land use planners that mitigation efforts will be needed to stem further genetic and demographic decay in the Santa Ana Mountains puma population.
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