Big cat blamed in man's death

Big cat blamed in man's death

There are 7 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Jun 21, 2008, titled Big cat blamed in man's death. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

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.

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Zephyrhills, FL

#1 Jun 21, 2008
I am from Florida. We have tourists who want to feed our plentiful alligators. Doing so results in the animal's loss of fear of humans and expectations of food from humans. The animals lose their fear of humans and begin to equate humans with food. Not a good combination. It often results in dire consequences, not the least of which is the ultimate death of the animal after it attacks a human. This appears to be the case with this mountain lion. There are laws in FL forbidding such practices. What about New Mexico? Could there be any legal liability upon the alleged feeder/photographer for the death of this man?
Ira Craig

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Jun 21, 2008
I wonder if the "unidentified individual" feeding the lion is the same individual who was allegedly feeding a bear in this same vicinity? The bear was shot and killed later when it became too inquisitive. Animals, of course, don't know any better when people set out food for them; humans should. If it's the same individual, they need to be educated on how to leave wild critters alone and not bait them. We live between Enchanted Trail and Pinos Altos and have noticed a marked increase in visits from deer and javelina in the past several days. We enjoy the visits, but don't enjoy having neighbors killed by the foolish behavior of uneducated people looking to get a photo op. This is insane!

United States

#3 Jun 21, 2008
Gee and some folks are mad at ranchers for allegedly baiting wolves through normal summer branding operations. I wonder if anyone will be prosecuted for baiting this lion. I wonder if game and fish will be held responsible for it's failure to act? I mostly wonder if this lion will ever be caught and hope that someone with a proven pack of hounds will be called in.
I suspect more of the general ineptitude displayed by the agency's though becuase they are the "experts" and can do whatever they want regardless of the consequences to someone else.
Poor Robert what a terrible thing for his family to have to go through and for nothing.

Green Lake, WI

#4 Jun 21, 2008
don't feed mountain lion.
Marvin Standley

Emporia, KS

#5 Jun 21, 2008
lions are predators. they do not fear humans at all. we are so much easier to to kill than a deer, with a lot less effort. if you live in the lions territory, be prepared to deal with them. always go armed with enough gun to save your life if need be.

United States

#6 Jun 21, 2008
I'd say that if a lion is showing interest in YOU... that is aggressive behavior... coyotes, wolves, lions, bears... do three things... eat, sleep and crap... they aren't bambi... no matter how much you'd like them to be... teach them to fear you... or expect to be a meal... they aren't out looking for friends to live in peace with...

When my family is put at risk... by critters... there's only one solution...
... shoot... shovel... and shut up.

I'm not about to allow a bureaucrat to demand my family live in fear... or danger... let the predators, live in fear... They behave... and stay on their side of the fence... there will be no trouble... cross the line... shoot... shovel and shut up.
RetRangerJohnBal lou

United States

#7 Jun 22, 2008
DO NOT RUN! If you meet a mountain lion on equal ground, DO NOT RUN! Make noise, "make yourself big" (what we told kids at Cuyamaca Rancho State park in the 80's & 90's) wave your arms above your head, but above all, DO NOT RUN Away! It is the very hardest thing in the world to do. I know. I taught this to children for years, but the moment I stepped out of the ranger patrol vehicle to just look at a nearby full grown mountain lion that had just recently run through a full campground, I forgot all I ever taught. The urge to run to safety from one of these huge cats is absolutely overwhelming. Although I was well armed, with a 9mm automatic pistol on my belt, well trained in quickly drawing and hitting any reasonable target, the urge to retreat to the vehicle, which was not far away in my case, was completely overpowering. I actually could have made a "new door" in that truck! Later, I learned of two mountain lion incidents where female hikers ran and were killed. It is the hardest thing in the world to not run, but do anything to prevent it! Shout to yourself! Do NOT Run! Do absolutely anything to prevent this fatal, but natural behavior when facing a wild creature of this type. Also, do not run or jog with earphones on in mountain lion territory! One lady never knew what hit her as she jogged while listening to music in a California forest. Keep one ear uncovered and run with a companion or two in any environment where there are wild or domestic animals capable of harm. Just remember, above all, when you look a Mountain Lion in the eyes, DO NOT RUN!!!!!!

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