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Mountain lions in park a danger

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From page A5 | November 05, 2012 | 3 Comments

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?

BARBARA SEXTON
Placerville

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  • cookie65November 05, 2012 - 3:46 am

    DFG is busy removing 60 year old stuffed wolverines from bars in Georgetown. How did the Indians ever survive?

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  • Dave in KelseyNovember 06, 2012 - 8:48 am

    I'm sure they will blame state budgets and what not, but the real blame is on the voters and our politicians. Everything is endangered. From the stupid Snowy Plover that lays eggs in the middle of the sand to the Red Legged Tree Frog that there are millions of on the divide. The system is broken in so many ways. To me, it is a risk for us shoosing to live in the foothills. All we can do it provide real protection as best as possible but it's not always a sure thing. That is life and nature. I honestly wouldn't be upset if a lion was shot durning an attack, however, the lions in the Matson case were long gone and where hunted down and killed. They weren't relocated. And Matson didn't have protection for his goat. Of course you can argue that, but honestly a 4 foot fence is a joke. But enough Matson bashing... there have been a lot of sighting in Cool and Greenwood as well. One can blame the over populated area of deer. Female deer are small, staving/sick looking, and there are lots of them. When was the last time the DFG released either sex tags in D3-5 areas?

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  • DarrinNovember 06, 2012 - 8:52 am

    Honestly, I have never stepped in Mountain Lion Poop, but I have stepped in dog poop. I am glad to have some places were we can go to relax without someones pet coming up and jumping on me or off leash harassing me because their dog is "friendly". During the summer we were hiking up near Tahoe and one of those friendly dogs jumped up and scratched my son on the face. The owners just skulked off with nary a word nor apology. No one ever admits to being the problem, but someone is... Walk the Placerville trail and see the users who bag their dog waste and leave it for someone else to pick up... why bother, inconsiderate morons. Don't like Mountain Lions, do not venture outside.

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