In response to an Opinion piece regarding hunting lions in Colorado. Read here – http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_28964290/guest-commentary-yes-we-hunt-lions-sport-colorado
I eat lion. In fact, it tastes pretty good and doesn’t need to be steeped for hours.
Just because hunters use dogs to pursue mountain lions does not mean the hunt is easy. I would invite you to ask one of the guides to allow you to tag along on a hunt so you can know what you are speaking of. I’ve hunted many animals and deem mountain lion hunting in Colorado to be one of the toughest hunts I’ve ever attended.
One fact I noted when I attended a mountain lion hunt, and wildlife officials attest, is the use of dogs allows sportsmen to identify male, female and even kittens. It also allows them to catch and release. Dogs can be viewed as useful in this respect. Yes, these hounds men DO RELEASE treed quarry because, with the hounds, they have this option. Without the K-9 assistants, they would never have this option but would have to identify something after it had expired.
Moreover, it would help if you opened your perspective to realize hunters are sportsmen who contribute immensely to wildlife management and do not wish to have any animal EVER, become extinct.
Ranchers want their livestock protected. Families want their housepets safe. This can be attained by responsible game management. It doesn’t mean any animal should be eliminated. It means we can have healthy populations of all animals.
We should trust wildlife biologists, who have degrees in this area, and KNOW wildlife management. They also do not want any animal population eliminated.
To speak of a “sport” of which you have no firsthand knowledge is simply a display of hearsay and emotion.
Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast.
Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.
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