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Once again, the California Department of Fish & Game has interfered with our natural wildlife resources without forethought regarding the consequences of their senseless actions. The basic tenet of nature’s prey and predation has again been violated and stymied.
Mountain lions are opportunistic hunters that for the most part in our area prey on weak and sick black tail deer that are incapable of sustaining themselves. Now, who or what is going to pursue depredation on the feeble wildlife in the Rescue area?
The California Department of Fish & Game has acted with impunity by destroying four members of this valuable and scarce wildlife predator colony. This family of mountain lions could have just as easily been darted (sedated) and removed to another area. Better yet, the Gerkin family could invest in a livestock guard dog and/or install electrical fencing (go to Website www.mountainlion.org for more information).
Destroying four mountain lions for one goat is beyond the pale of ludicrous and is undeniably another example of wildlife mismanagement!