The Native Americans say the spirit of the cougar has chosen to take the earth and walk as a spiritual hunter, to teach unconditional leadership, patience and determination. (unknown source)
These stealthy, strong and solitary cats feed our imaginations and unfortunately for many they feed fear. They are very misunderstood animals. They are often shot for sport or when livestock or pets go missing. They are shot because people are afraid.
If these beautiful cats are so dangerous to coexist with, why don’t we hear about more human attacks? In that last 100 years, there have been fewer than 20 fatal mountain lion attacks on humans, yet humans killing mountain lions is on the rise. I just don’t get it.
I am Marcia Sivek and this is a Nature Short on Coexisting with Cougars. by BeProvided Conservation Radio. This episode is with Korinna Domingo, founder and director of the Cougar Conservancy. Their mission is to reduce human-wildlife conflict and conserve cougar populations. Here she explains on some basic things we can do to feel more safe and to protect our wild neighbors.
Please listen to our Nature Short below to learn more:
Below is the ABC 7 news story on the mountain lion rescued from the Bobcat Fire, thanks to Cougar Conservancy's Conflict Task Force:
For full FaceBook Live interview with Korinna please click below:
Please visit www.cougarconservancy.org for more information, educational resources and how you can stay involved!!
Thank you and stay healthy everyone!