American Hunter - December 2013 - 62

the cougar  yards from where Zach
had shot. Not wanting to waste the meat,
they dressed the cat and put it in a freezer.
Idaho has a mountain lion season, but
unfortunately for Zach, it wasn't open in
that area. Idaho Fish and Game cleared
the incident as self-defense. Zach didn't
get to keep the lion, but the event remains
a lifetime memory.
Reflecting on the fact that the cougar
was on the property of an -year-old
Korean War veteran, an Idaho Fish and

Game official told Zach, "This could have
turned out very differently. It would certainly have become a problem we would
have had to deal with. You did us a favor!"

U

nlike many grizzly attacks in
which the bear is protecting a
kill or its cubs, attacking black
bears or mountain lions usually have one
intention-to kill you. Bears habituated
to humans, either by food or constant
exposure, present the most danger. Young

cougars, typically hungry males searching
to establish a territory, are often the most
aggressive. Old, injured, malnourished
lions driven by hunger also have been
known to become aggressive. Young
children or small adults are most vulnerable to attack, yet lions have killed adults,
including some athletes running or biking.
Mountain lions are expanding their
range from Western states and Florida.
Actual sightings or physical evidence
have been noted in  Midwestern and
Eastern states. Though most biologists
believe populations of mountain lions are
healthy in Western states, in recent years
anti-hunting movements have arisen
to protect mountain lions, particularly
opposing hunting with dogs. Essentially,
banning or restricting hunting options
limits biologists' ability to control cougar
populations. California residents in 
passed Proposition , which banned
all mountain lion hunting and made the
animals a "specially protected species."
This fall California further expanded
its oversight of mountain lion control. The
governor signed into law a bill requiring
California Department of Fish and Game

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