Might it be time to consider a mountain lion hunting season? April 8, 2011 California




Fish and Game Q&A: Might it be time to consider a mountain lion hunting season? April 8, 2011 California Population Los Angeles Times

This trend in the puma population closely follows the trend in the statewide deer population [down],...predator and prey populations traditionally cycle with a three- to four-year lag (the predators lag behind the prey).

...It’s important to note that mountain lion (puma) attacks on humans are very rare. In the last decade, there have been only four confirmed attacks in California, three of which were nonfatal.

... DFG does not formally track the number of domestic animals killed by pumas, we do keep track of the number of depredation permits issued for problem mountain lions. The numbers of depredation permits issued and resulting pumas killed have actually been fewer in recent years,...Researchers have attempted to develop indirect count methods over the years, but none have proven to be cost-effective with widespread applicability.
 

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