Two mountain lions in Montana were tracked and killed after the death of someone’s dog. According to KPAX News, the cats were found and put down after being discovered in the Upper Rattlesnake area on Saturday.
FWP Region 2 Information and Education Program Manager Vivaca Crowser told the news agency:
There was one lion that was still in the immediate vicinity and then another one not that much further. Being able to get on a fresh trail is really important to be able to respond efficiently and being able to complete the story as to what happened.
According to Crowser, it is common for the mountain lions to enter the lower areas of the valley this time of year as they search for food.
Why were the wild animals killed?
Crowser explained the decision to kill the mountain lions who were believed to be involved in the dog attack:
“In a case like this when we had a dog fatally-injured in an area when there is other houses, there’s other pets. It’s a case we’re typically…it’s the type of response we look at if we can get the lion/lions in and kill them, it’s usually the best case in these situations because, unfortunately, we have a lion in an area where it’s a human safety situation.”
Pet owners who live in areas where wildlife reside are cautioned to be extra vigilant.
Feel free to weigh in on this situation – should wild animals be destroyed if a pet is killed? Or is it a risk that pet owners take when they live in an area where wildlife resides?
(Image of mountain lion via Pixabay)
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