A little over a month after a bill to allow the trapping of mountain lions failed in the state legislature, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMGF) announced yesterday that it was going to place leg-hold snares in several canyons near the community of Los Alamos to capture a lion they claim killed two dogs.
A spokesperson for NMGF, justified the Department's actions with the old excuse that any lion that preys on pets is also a danger to humans.
The department's only acknowledgement that the behavior of pet owners might be the true cause for the pets dying came when department spokesman Dan Williams reminded the public not to feed wildlife, especially deer. "Cougars will follow deer into town," Williams said. "Sometimes they find out that little dogs put out at night are easy meals."