EDITOR: Thank you Gary Matson for your realistic rebuttle on the mountain lion issue in this area. I live in the Greenstone Road area and lost one of my sheep to a lion kill in June. I did not call the California Department of Fish and Game to report it. That was a mistake. I am wondering how many kills of domestic stock are really going on and are not reported. There is a very active lion population in this area. Lions have even been sighted in the city of Placerville early in the mornings.
I appreciate the California Department of Fish and Game but have a problem with the California State Parks management of the trails in this area on this issue. For instance, the Coloma State Park trails are posted with warning signs about lions being in the area, but dogs are prohibited on those same trails. Does that make sense? Not to me. Dogs are a great alarm system and deterrent for the presence of lions. Shouldn’t the sign just say “Use at your own risk of being killed and eaten by a lion.” What kind of management is that?