I think this this is a shame.
It's upsetting that this beautiful animal had to die because someone didn't take
proper precautions to keep their dog safe.
The division of wildlife will investigate this and attempt to press charges.
There are way to many lions around and the state doesn't do a thing about them.
The state is in love with the mountain lion....
Read the story,,,the mountain lion was at his home! Thank God it was their dog
and not their child that was outside! If it was his child would you peop;e
still be so willing to pass judgement on a man protecting his family and
Pressing charges is stupid. The man was protecting his property.
Goodness! Poor little Yorkie! But it was a blessing that the Cougar didn't
attack a human member of the family. And that man did have a right to shoot the
predator in self defense, and especially on his property.And this is
the opinion of a graduate of Kearns High School and BYU, in which the Cougar is
the mascot of both schools. I also love Cougars and other wildlife, but the man
was right to do what he did.
People do come over animals, but we can all do better to see this as not
mutually exclusive except in such cases of physical safety. There is room for
more of us and more of them, but it does require more discipline on our part to
be more self contained and responsd responsibly. It is clear in any case of
self defense that who the winner should be, but we all know who the "winner"
would be in a "contest" by shear massive numbers and it is happening all to
often and not just with the mountain lion. We have to be aggressive political
thinkers about how our increasing presence will not repeat past mistakes and
still manage to keep both our interests (which for humans who can choose) will
have to adapt. Prosecuting is wrong if we are talking about protecing people in
reasonable places, but what about unreasonably placed homes and properties? I'm
not saying this person's was, but often they are and dead "property" is not more
important than living beings we must learn how to share it with. Property is
human defined, but humans make profound mis-definitions all the time. Rethink
As a hunter, there are way too many mountain lions around the State. The DWR
needs to issue hundreds more kill tags.
It is true, the wildlife was here first, but as we have in the past, we will in
the future, continue to develope and inhabit new territory. Wolves and Mountain
Lions need to recognize us as a threat. As with this particular case, the Lion
came into an area developed more than a century ago. He apparently was thinking
Humans and their pets were easier prey than deer, elk, rabbits, and such.The dog owner was justified in the kill. The only result of any kind of hassle
from government agencies, will be the lesson taught to the rest of us....Don't
report the event.
are going to live in the natural habitat of Mountain Lions, then they need to
keep that in mind. I am so sorry they lost a family member (the Yorkie), I
would feel awful if this happened to my little baby.But the lady's
comments about the cat coming "in her yard" were ludicrous.As longs as
humans continue to encroach on the natural hunting area if predators, we should
not be surprised when this type of thing happens.
Once again, the government's failure to protect the public from mountain lions
has resuted in tragedy.
Maybe the fish and game should look at this problem I have lived in Oakley all
my life and growing up never seen a cougar in the river bottoms. The problem is
they are getting over populated and are moving into neighborhoods instead
staying in the mountains. Maybe all these rich people building in the mountains
where they don't belong need to go back where they come from and quit building
where the wildlife live.
While, I am so sorry for the loss this family has suffered, they need to
remember they chose to live in the Cougar's habitat and hunting grounds. The
Cougar was only doing what comes naturally to it, so it should come as no
surprise to the dog's owner. The owner was probably justified in killing the
cougar but this is also very sad.
Give me a break, you choose to live in cougar country, be prepared to be bitten.
Don't leave your dog out unattended. Are you telling me you let your child
wander around the woods unattended? If you choose to live in the outdoors, that
is exactly what it is. I am very sympathetic because I too chose to move into
"cougar" country as a Utes fan and I deal with their obnoxious behavior every
day but I don't shoot them?
I am with Pat. What can one expect living in the mountains that there will not
be any wildlife? If someone was watching their dog, this incident may have been
The answer, as suggested above, is the 3 S method. You Shoot, Shovel, and Shut
up. Desrtrat says you should prepare to be bitten. I assume he's a city
dweller. Lions don't bite like a dog. They bite to kill and eat you.
re:rburgYou're disregard for our mother Earth is disturbing. You need to
visit other places around the globe to appreciate what we have here in our
country. We have opportunities and a quality of life that far surpasses those
of most other countries around the globe because most of us at least try to
preserve a link to our creator. You are correct, I do live in the city at
this stage in my life. That might be in part because of my contempt for the
"me, me" attitude displayed by a goodly amount of the folks living in the rural
areas of Southern Utah. I've lived in towns so small in Southern Utah
that you wouldn't even know what to do if you lived there. After a couple of
days you'd be whining because you had to take your garbage 5 miles to deposit it
or because you had to drive 60 miles because you forgot to gas up before the
local gas station closed at 5 pm. Sorry rburg, no fresh Sushi in that town for
you. Once again, choose to live in cougar country, choose to deal with
I had a friend that brought back some lion meat from CO- it's pretty tasty- just
people make comments and judgements without facts. none of us can accurately
comment on this without facts. these are biased opinions only.
rburg and sushi. What a leap! Get a life huh? When I read such tripe I just
laugh. "Mother Earth" huh? Geesh. I live in Cougar country...they
are moving in...and I will not hesitate to whack every one I come across. They
are predators that do not belong near people. Oh, did I mention d-rat that I
value people (well not you specifically but most sensible people) above animals.
The killing of the cat was totally justified and I hope no charges
Mountain Lions will kill larger dogs as well. It is the owner's fault for not
keeping a closer eye on his poor dog. Sadly, little dogs get killed by bigger
dogs every day due to owner stupidity and you don't hear about it. The mountain
lion isn't the bad guy here--the owner is.
Sorry, and I love yorkies, but the mountain lion thought it was cat food.
Anything that is food for wild animals shouldn't be left out unguarded, unless
we're prepared for it to be eaten.
I wonder how many cats (the little ones) dogs have killed. Nature isn't always
nice, it really is a dog eat dog (cat eat dog in this case) world when it comes
I used to live in Oakley and I've seen 3 cougars within 15 miles of Peoa. In
fact, I've seen one less than 2 miles from their home. The cats are there,
they're just usually active at times other than humans are.If any of
you want a good cougar story, go to the Summit Inn in Kamas and ask the owner