On Valentine's Day, the San Francisco Chronicle published a column by outdoor columnist Tom Stienstra, who said he had suddenly become aware of a report that has been mandated by law for decades: CDFW's Annual Mountain Lion Necropsy Report.
Rather than doing a little research, or considering the contents in context, Stienstra sensationalized the report to inflame the public's fear of mountain lions. Perhaps his resulting column was a gift to the few remaining trophy hunters who still yearn to bag a big tom in the Golden . . .
From their review of the prevailing research into lethal and non-lethal predator control practices in North America and Europe, an international trio of environmental scientists has determined that the science behind the reviewed research is not very scientific. In fact, the authors of the review- titled "Predator Control Should Not be a Shot in the Dark"- call for a moratorium on lethal predator control policies until . . .
As part of a special spring promotion, and thanks to Tom Berquist, we are offering a free electronic copy of his new book Stalking Los Angeles for donations of $15 or more. You'll receive access to the e-book through Smashwords and have the satisfaction of knowing you helped save the life of a mountain lion in the wild.
Spend just eight minutes and learn little known facts about the fascinating
mountain lion. Get a glimpse of how a mountain lion thinks, feels, and senses.
What makes the mountain lion so adaptable to a wide variety of habitats?
How does their hunting differ from that of wolves and bears? What is their
relationship to the ecosystem?