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Big cats in the Pecos country

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Offline bracketboy89

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Re: Big cats in the Pecos country
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2016, 07:27:30 AM »
I saw a post online of a hunter that shot two females that were together near Van Horn. I work on a cattle ranch and hunt deer and would never shoot a cat. I have no tolerance for predator hunting. They are ruthlessly and indiscriminately killed in Texas not only by hunters but also nation wide by the wildlife services division of F&W service.

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Also a hunter but not a cat shooter.....however I might feel differently if I was a sheep and goat rancher.
I would prefer that my tax dollars did not fund trapping of wildlife on public lands (blm, forest service) at the behest of large ranching lobbies. I also would like it if my tax dollars did not pay for a federal trapper to run lines on my deer lease which is on private property in Kinney County.
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I have a whole list of things that I would prefer my tax dollars didn't pay for, but unfortunately it doesn't work that way.

I suspect that habitat destruction and human encroachment are far greater threats to Felis concolor than the number of lions killed by hunters and trappers.  That should be the real focus.
Considering the low density that lions live at, I would argue that this is not the case. Sure habitat is destroyed constantly and we need to protect it, but development for example on the I-35 corridor is on the periphery of their range in Texas. In the Trans-pecos where there is the highest population of lions, I guarantee you that trap lines, hounds, and rifles are far more threatening to lions. They need to be protected with game status so that ranchers have an incentive for them to be here. It is the only way to afford protection on private land and even then you will have ignorant people kill them regardless.

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Big cats in the Pecos country
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2016, 07:22:14 PM »
Although a long ways from the Pecos or the Big Bend, I thought the following a nice addendum to my original post.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2016/12/22/Louisiana-confirms-first-cougar-sighting-in-more-than-five-years/4171482437262/?spt=slh&or=8

 


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