Officers used common sense
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers shot the mountain lion in Bourbon County because night was falling, they did not have a tranquilizer gun and did not want the animal to roam around the county in the dark of night.
Can you imagine the outcry if a small child or family pet had been a victim of the roaming wild animal?
Maybe they should have had a tranquilizer gun but somebody, somewhere would complain about spending money on a weapon that never would be needed in Bourbon County.
I hope there are some in our neighboring county who are really glad they had officers who used common sense in what has proved to be a no-win situation.
Don't come out shooting
I was very disappointed to read about the killing of the mountain lion in Bourbon County. As a wildlife enthusiast, I have read, with excitement, the increasing reports of unsubstantiated mountain-lion sightings. I felt strongly the day would come when this species would be confirmed and, ideally, reemerge as a viable population.
I often worried that the first sighting would be a farmer or someone who was unreasonably scared. I never imagined the unreasonable ones to pull the trigger would be our own fish and wildlife officers.
Even though deadly encounters between humans and mountain lions are rare, there may actually be situations where this action is called for, but it shouldn't be because they didn't know what else to do.
That isn't a wildlife-management strategy. It is the complete absence of one. I've read their defense and I find it completely inadequate. I'm pragmatic, I know sometimes these things need to be done. This wasn't one of those times. We need wildlife officers whose first response isn't to come out shooting. We also need a plan to bring this species out of extirpation in this state.
Matthew E. DeLacey
No cause for pride
I'm not sure why the state wildlife person who killed the mountain lion was quite so proud of himself. He is not a hero. One mountain lion in years appears in Kentucky, and rather than try to save the big cat, he chose to kill it.
This is not what I expect from state wildlife personnel. I expect them to cherish and protect what they are sworn to care for.
If this cat was an escapee from someone's illegal holding area, then it surely deserved placement in a true wildlife preserve rather than death.
If it had returned naturally to its God-given habitat, then it should be a celebration that we have finally begun to create an environment worthy of all God's creatures.
Killing that mountain lion was about the most senseless thing any one person could have done, They want little or nothing to do with people or with anyone having anything to do with people.
Animals, all animals, live according to nature's law. Mountain lions have spanned the millennia and roamed free to forage for food to protect and preserve the species. Now, and for no other reason than a Barney or Jethro wanting a trophy, they have become endangered. It probably took longer to go back to his truck to get and load his rifle than it would have taken to get a vet out there with a tranquilizer dart.
Dearborn Heights, Mich.