Big cat blamed in man's death

The body of a Pinos Altos man was found Friday just 80 yards from his home in what police suspect was a fatal mountain lion attack. Full Story
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Mel Morrow

Alamogordo, NM

#1 Jun 21, 2008
If some "nut" was feeding a lion for purposes of getting photos, they should be fined and prosecuted for reckless endangerment, manslaughter or at least "pure idiocy"! Then driven back to the big city where they can get away with such dumb stunts!
Ol Yeller

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Jun 21, 2008
This is where the Black Mouth Cur would be an essential pet to have. If I lived up there I would invest in at least two Cur dogs. For those who don't know what a BMC is it's the dog that was in Ol' Yeller. Those dogs will throw down with mountain lions any day just to protect their owners. I'm just saying, I know that a mountain lion is big and fast, but, If those dogs could take the cat away from me while I went to safety I think that is pretty good. My heart goes out to the family. I hope they track down that cat so that the humans can remain safe up there. Peace.
Gato Grande

El Paso, TX

#3 Jun 21, 2008
"Here Mr. Mr.! Here Mr. Mr.!"
Albert J Reine

AOL

#4 Jun 21, 2008
It's time to have NMFG give out tags for the hunt, human life is more precious, California has had several Mountain Lions kill people, just from bike rides and walking; most likely the cat saw easy prey; The wolf has been taken off the protective list, it's time to have Mountain lion hunts also, if the cat is wounded or rabit it needs to be taken down asap, All life is precious, but sometime you just need to do the right thing; May the Man RIP !
madray too chinger

El Paso, TX

#5 Jun 21, 2008
yeah, the senseless slaughter of a tame, gentle cat...thats a display of real toughness. how about engaging in fisticuffs with this cat, even the playing field. who cares if the cat killed him, in this drought that man has caused i feel no sorrow for this man

“Irony, metaphor, film @ eleven”

Since: Feb 08

Old Mesilla/New Las Cruces

#6 Jun 21, 2008
WOW.......this is terrible.

But,the even handed truth about living IN the mountains, is you also live WITH the mountains.

Big cats, just like little cats are preditors.

They follow and stalk and capture moving things that can be substituted at any time for anything else they play with or eat.

Cats do not have short attention spans.
They have preditory insticts.

As a fact, they have excellent memories and are creatures of habit.

People live in and near the cats' territory.

Until they capture or kill the puma, that cat is still there, doing what cats do.
NAWOJSKI FAMILY

El Paso, TX

#7 Jun 21, 2008
We lost our uncle who was loved very much by his family. He was autistic and loved the woods. We were there on Monday at his house with our kids thats scary enough! But makes me sick to my stomach is that we were never worned! The death certificate is being giving to us along with whats left of him on Monday. They called us today and told us the offical word is he was attacked and killied by the mountain lion on Tuesday night. He was probley standing on the rocks as he loved to star gaze! WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM AND NEVER FORET HIM!
Cat lover

Farmington, NM

#8 Jun 21, 2008
Well anyone who is stupid enough to of been feeding this cat is responsible for the death of this man.
Anybody with common sense knows that this was not the smart thing to do. You don't feed wild animals. Because then they start expecting it then coming around to other humans expecting to get fed. They lose there ability to fend for themselves and depend on others.

Don't feed wild animals. Moron
Holly

Prescott Valley, AZ

#9 Jun 21, 2008
We've had a mountain lion coming through our neighborhood for the 20 months or more. I understand we have the largest population of them in the state within a mile of the houses. I let neighbors know after the 6-foot cat was in several backyards. Cats hunt from dusk to dawn and sometimes in daylight. Stay alert and don't ever run. There are a lot of tips on Fish and Game sites, but I also decided to get the permit for cougar in case something happens on my daily walks. I don't want to kill one, but it pays to be aware and stay safe.
My condolences to the family. My prayers are with you.
Tector

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Jun 22, 2008
Feeding the cat? Feeding it? What the hell is wrong with people? What a bunch of morons.
Leslie

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Jun 22, 2008
NAWOJSKI FAMILY wrote:
We lost our uncle who was loved very much by his family. He was autistic and loved the woods. We were there on Monday at his house with our kids thats scary enough! But makes me sick to my stomach is that we were never worned! The death certificate is being giving to us along with whats left of him on Monday. They called us today and told us the offical word is he was attacked and killied by the mountain lion on Tuesday night. He was probley standing on the rocks as he loved to star gaze! WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM AND NEVER FORET HIM!
So sorry for you loss!
Timothy Treadwells twin

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Jun 22, 2008
Thats Mr. Fuzzy wuzzzy kittie kattie. Please do not harm my pretty little fuzzy wuzzzy. He was there first.
Rob

Denver, CO

#14 Jun 22, 2008
My condolences to the Nawojski family and all who knew Robert. May he live on forever gazing up at the stars.
Clueless

Sandy Hook, CT

#15 Jun 22, 2008
If it was the same cat the people in the story described, something was wrong. Most mountain lions don't hang on your deck, etc. Maybe it was an escaped pet, or was emboldened by being fed. Sad story.
Animal Lover

Las Cruces, NM

#17 Jun 23, 2008
Sorry for the loss of your loved one. He knew the risk of being out there. We move into there land & you blam the wild animals. Stay out of there Territory & you won't have anything to worry about. Pepole have invade there space & there hunting grounds. Again sorry for your lose.

“Irony, metaphor, film @ eleven”

Since: Feb 08

Old Mesilla/New Las Cruces

#18 Jun 23, 2008
Is it true that the man was actually feeding (baiting) the puma to make it come closer?

This is a real question.

Sounds plausible.

Grizzley Adams syndrome.
Brenda

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Jun 23, 2008
stopTAGGING ourWALLS wrote:
Is it true that the man was actually feeding (baiting) the puma to make it come closer?
This is a real question.
Sounds plausible.
Grizzley Adams syndrome.
The story says an "unidentified individual" was supposedly feeding the mountain lion so he/she could take pictures of it. I sincerely doubt anyone who lives in the mountains would be stupid enough to do that. Had to be a tourist.
sigfrid and roy

El Paso, TX

#20 Jun 23, 2008
RUN..RUN fast...those things are killers
Albert J Reine

AOL

#21 Jun 23, 2008
Kill the Mt LION, HUMAn LIFE IS MORe IMPORTANT THEN A MAN EATING MOUNTAIn LION; NEXT YOUR WIFE,CHILD,Daughter,son, or pet. THe CAt NOW KNOWS WHAT HUMAN MEAT TAST LIKE; YOU NEED TO HAVE A NMF&G have a legal hunt. May the man RIP; If It WAs A DIAMOND BACK RATTLE SNAKe OR A DRUG LORD YOU WOULD GO AFTER THe KILLER ! THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TOOK THE WOLF OFF THE IN/DANGER/ It Is TIME FOR CONTROL HUNTS ON MOUNTAIN LIONS, It WILL ALSO CONTIBUTE TO NM ECONMY and HUNTERS !
Ted

Santa Fe, NM

#22 Jun 23, 2008
And even worst, now that the cat has been driven off, he is warier than before - and on the move. Who knows where, or when he will show up next: Hanover, Bayard, Santa Clara, Silver City ...
I would keep the kids indoors, and hold off on jogging for a while.

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