Friday, March 23, 2007

In Boulder hazing cougars might not fly

The Colorado Division of Wildlife plans to start a study to see if it can discourage mountain lions living near urban areas by administering near constant torment.
According to Denver's KWGN news, if approved, the Front Range Cougar Pilot would trap six cougars in the corridor between Lyons and Interstate 70 (read Boulder) and collar them with GPS tracking devices to track movement.The project then calls for hazing the big cats by shooting them with rubber buckshot and trailing the cats with packs of dogs.

However, notes KWGN in the understatement of the day "the pilot program could face opposition from the general public."

Have you been to Boulder? There are rules barring dogs from barking at prairie dogs. It's the headquarters of most big predator non-profits in the country. Once, as a young scoop reporter I watched a crowd wearing "save the deer" buttons pack a city council meeting to protest a proposed culling of sick deer on city open space.
The DOW might have had a chance down in Colorado Springs with the whole rubber bullet thing. Especially if the cats were wearing peace sign T shirts, but who came up with trying to do that near Boulder?


zen said...

Every shower is genocide!

Save the body lice!

It is true that the Springs is too damn anthropocentric. But it is also true that Boulder is too damn teddy bear picnic.

pine_marten_hunter said...

I still don't understand why the cougar gets all this attention when the pine marten is the real enemy.

party_boy said...

I live just outside of Boulder and I've seen a few cougars in my neighborhood. One night this winter, one of them (an older female, thick fur coat) was acting quite agressive and almost cornered me as I walked to the local bar from where I parked my car.

zen said...

That's the problem - you should rarely if ever see mountain lions, especially in and around neighborhoods. They are by nature an elusive animal.

That people see them all the time in the foothills around Boulder is a serious problem. Something is not right. And I don't just think its about human encroachment.

People have lived in those foothills for a long time. I would say there's also a problem with that mountain lion population.

Elighten Zen said...

Zen, consult the urban dictionary for more on party_boy's story:

Whoops said...

Trying again