They aren't nearly as pragmatic as that over there. Instead of opening a hunting season and bringing in revenue, they'd employ the DFW to take care of the population. Creating jobs!If that was a politicians family member I bet they would change the no cat hunting laws...
I'm guessing the 2 cats may have been litter mates kicked free by mommy, on their own.California, and the cat looks very thin. Mountain lion attacks and injures child in Orange County wilderness park
A friend of ours owns land between Baker and LaGrande. The first year we hunted there (2006) he told us of tracking an elk (not wounded) and having a "weird feeling". He turned around just in time to put a .338 bullet through a large cougar's chest as it was in mid air leaping at him. He was walking along, not stooped over. He's well probably 6'3" or better, too. Even after killing my elk, I didn't walk that property unarmed.
That cat's now on his wall. It's huge.
And possibly a young one...younger animals are "kicked out" of older animals territory and have to go to more populated areas (by people) to hunt etc. Dogs, cats, anything that looks edible to them are targets.Especially if they are moving fast, even on a motorcycle or bicycle. More and more of them now everywhere. I see tracks often a few hundred yards from rural farms/houses. Sightings and a few taken out by residents. I always carry whenever I hike but most likely will not encounter one but more likely now than in past years.A long list of cats attacking unarmed citizens in Kaulifornia.
That one looked like it was starving, or diseased.