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Open Space District nixes killing mountain lions

Original post made on Nov 23, 2019

Activists on Friday applauded a decision by the Midpeninsula
Regional Open Space District that eliminates the possibility of "lethal removal" of mountain lions from its lands in the South Bay.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 23, 2019, 4:20 PM


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 23, 2019 at 4:25 pm

Can't the ranchers just buy insurance for these kinds of losses? I read in another newspaper that the number of animals killed by mountain lions is really small.

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Posted by Doing The Right Thing
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 24, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Good call. Killing natural predators on privately-owned land is one thing.

Doing the same on public land is another.

Down around the Hollister area, there is an ongoing problem with feral pigs (escaped domestic pigs gone wild) uprooting the natural habitat.

On private land, some of the ranchers will organize hunting parties where it is legal to eradicate these pests from destroying plants & grazing land.

I have gone on a couple of these excursions and it is fun to pack your favorite 30-30 rifle & take them out. Having a 4x4 vehicle adds to the effectiveness of the eradication & in many instances, the dead pigs are donated to various state prisons for food services.

Porky Pig knows better than to wandering around on private land in Hollister!

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Posted by Johng
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 25, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Lethal removal of our local top predator should never have been under review. Study after study confirms the detrimental impact of removing key predators.

I would like to see the MIdpen Regional Open Space District commit to adding a bylaw that prohibits lethal removal of native species in perpetuity.

Thanks to the many who wrote-in to bring MidPen leadership to their senses.

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Posted by Cur Mudgeon
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 25, 2019 at 1:15 pm

Three words. Livestock guardian dogs, who were bred for this purpose.

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Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm

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Frankly this proposal should never have been added to the agenda. Thank God it has been discarded. I thought Mid-Pen was reimbursing the ranchers for cattle and sheep killed by predators. Mid-Pen needs to stick to their original purpose.

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Posted by Unnecessary initiative
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Nov 25, 2019 at 1:22 pm

I'm still shocked that Midpen even considered this! Cattle has long been known to cause environmental issues and they're a HUGE contributor to greenhouse gasses. We don't need to protect cattle and the destruction of the environment, we need to protect our natural predators/prey that are already native to this land. While I'm glad that sense was talked into Midpen, I'm still concerned that this fight may not be over.

Why does greed and power always overthrow common sense and sustainability?

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Posted by Greg Schuett
a resident of Mayfield
on Nov 28, 2019 at 5:38 pm

I agree that killing native wildlife, especially top predators, in order to protect cattle on public land is a nonstarter. If it becomes too much of a problem, then the cattle must go. Cattle now number in the billions worldwide while mountain lions number a few thousand in California. We humans must do a better job of learning to live with native wildlife. Already wild animals are but a fraction of the total mammal biomass on our planet compared to humans and our domestic animals. We must favor wildlife in almost every decision we make if we don’t want to be left with a world with greatly diminished biodiversity.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 28, 2019 at 5:52 pm

^ We must favor wildlife ... except skunks under your house and rats in the attic.

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Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 28, 2019 at 7:26 pm

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Mountain Lions kill coyotes that will move into your neighborhood unless they are naturally controled.
Keep the mountain lions.!