Pinos Altos lion killed

Officers with USDA Wildlife Services have trapped and killed a mountain lion believed to have mauled to death a 55-year-old Pinos Altos man. Full Story
OMG

Los Lunas, NM

#1 Jun 26, 2008
Such a sad case. I feel really bad for the man who was killed, and his family...but I'm also sorry for the lion who had to lose his life as well.
Animal Lover

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Jun 26, 2008
He didn't have to die. He could of been caught a taken to higher ground and set free. I feel for the family. If you don't want to run into these kind's of animals don't move into there land.
DHD

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jun 26, 2008
I know alot of people are going to disagree with me but I look at it this way, We the humans in this sisutation are in the way of the Cats not the other way around. What should be done is that we leave their land, they didn't sell, lease' or give us permission to tresspas on their land. So if you see a large Cat, Bear, Wolf, or even a mad Muley, get the hell out of their way, they belong we don't.
Rob

Denver, CO

#4 Jun 26, 2008
Relocation is not an option with cats, mostly they die anyway because you are setting them down in another cats territory, and of course cats do kill cats.

Cats and people have lived in the same habitat for 17,000 years in the Americas. What's different is that for the most part we no longer hunt them.
JO TITO

Richmond, VA

#5 Jun 26, 2008
Poor little lion!!!
Jitney

El Paso, TX

#6 Jun 26, 2008
if you guys euthanize this cat, you will be haunted with dreams of SIMBA for one hundred days and nights. how dare you judge this cat, only GOD can judge his creations and the dead man was semantic blockage

“Irony, metaphor, film @ eleven”

Since: Feb 08

Old Mesilla/New Las Cruces

#7 Jun 26, 2008
This is similar to going into the desert where
rattle snakes live out their lives.

They eat bunnies and mice and don't bother
anyone until

nature boy takes a hike
right where the snake lives, not the guy.

Snake defends his turf , bites the guy with
a poisonous venom,
and guy comes back
with a weapon and kills the snake. Maybe not
even the same snake.

So in this mountain lion situation is this the same as.....

A cat kills a mouse.

Cat chokes to death on mouse.

Who killed whom?

My moral to the story.....

If you venture into an enviornment where
you know, or should know, that danger
can be present.....

You are a guest in nature......behave yourself and always be aware that nature often wins.
My Dixie Wrecked

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Jun 26, 2008
It's sad that this mountain lion got killed for just being a mountain lion.
Concerned Biologist

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Jun 26, 2008
I am appaled that USDA decided to kill an animal "believed" to have killed someone versus capturing the cat and relocating it to a less (human) populated area. We have to stop acting against nature and start seeing our role as being a part of nature. Also, I can not understand why they are searching for an addional cat that may or not be assoicated with this tradegy. Obviously the USDA does not know how to deal with this situation in an appropriate way - CATS ARE WILD ANIMALS! Any biologist knows that they act on instinct - what is killing them going to do? It is not in the best interest of the people to have our government responding to this type of incident in the way they did - we have the problem - nature does not.
FUBAR

Dallas, TX

#10 Jun 26, 2008
Concerned Biologist wrote:
I am appaled that USDA decided to kill an animal "believed" to have killed someone versus capturing the cat and relocating it to a less (human) populated area. We have to stop acting against nature and start seeing our role as being a part of nature. Also, I can not understand why they are searching for an addional cat that may or not be assoicated with this tradegy. Obviously the USDA does not know how to deal with this situation in an appropriate way - CATS ARE WILD ANIMALS! Any biologist knows that they act on instinct - what is killing them going to do? It is not in the best interest of the people to have our government responding to this type of incident in the way they did - we have the problem - nature does not.
No Animal rights activist on this post will like this but the truth is mountain lions generally do not attack humans, however, once they do they get the "taste" so to speak. They like the meat plus have learned a new behavior that humans are now easy prey. They remember this and attack more humans. Sorry, but it is humans before animals anyday. If we were pushing our weight around hunting all cats then protest, but we are simply preventing another possible human death. I'll never understand how so little value is placed on human life.

Don't go into there area doesn't cut it, we are here we weren't born in homes and buildings with citys that poofed out of thin air, we also belong to nature.
Clueless

Portland, CT

#11 Jun 26, 2008
Are they going to kill everyone they see in the area, believing it might be "the" cat? Why don't they wait until they get the report showing if this was the cat that attacked the man before hunting down the second one? An unfortunate incident, but it sometimes happens.
ATT

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Jun 29, 2008
DHD, you were right on disagreeing,....so if our forefathers felt the way you do about it, WE would STILL be sitting on PLYMOUTH ROCK and you wouldn't have the COUNTRY we have today!!
Jay Norton

Hopewell, VA

#13 Aug 15, 2008
Be kind to animals is one thing - but animal rights has gone off the deep end. Hear this:

Humans are more important than animals.

It doesn't matter if we kill a mountain lion or anything else. You people are morally ill.

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