They should have called that Wildman from the discovery channel. You know, the autistic guy that they send out to wrestle dangerous animals.
I lived in Tucson for a while and they didn't kill the lions unless they killed first. Most of them would be so afraid of people, they wouldn't come anywhere near you. It is very unnatural for a lion to attack a human. I love how everyone assumes this thing is just going to go around eating everybody if they let it live. It is pretty sad that they killed it, and I don't even like animals.
Verified Mountain Lion Attacks on Humans in California (1890 - 2007)
DATE TYPE ATTACK LOCATION COUNTY VICTIM SEX AGE June 1890 Fatal Quartz Valley Siskiyou Male 7yrs. July 1909 Fatal* Morgan Hill Santa Clara Male 10 yrs. Fatal* Female 22 yrs. March 1986 Nonfatal Caspers Wilderness Park Orange Female 5 yrs. Oct. 1986 Nonfatal Caspers Wilderness Park Orange Male 6 yrs. March 1992 Nonfatal Gaviota State Park Santa Barbara Male 9 yrs. Sept. 1993 Nonfatal Cuyamaca State Park San Diego Female 10 yrs. Apr. 1994 Fatal Auburn State Recreation Area El Dorado Female 40 yrs. Aug. 1994 Nonfatal Mendocino County (remote) Mendocino Male 50s Nonfatal Female 50s Dec. 1994 Fatal Cuyamaca State Park San Diego Female 56 yrs. Mar. 1995 Nonfatal Mt. Lowe (San Gabriel Mtns.) Los Angeles Male 27 yrs. Jan. 2004 Fatal Whiting Ranch Regional Park Orange Male 35 yrs. Jan. 2004 Nonfatal Whiting Ranch Regional Park Orange Female 30 yrs. June 2004 Nonfatal Sequoia National Forest Tulare Female 28 yrs. Jan. 2007 Nonfatal Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Humboldt Male 70 yrs *Fatalities in 1909 diagnosed as due to rabies.
Last updated: Feb. 7, 2007
Rather difficult to just chase it off when the nearest natural cover (the river) is 1.3 miles away. I have no issue with the decision to "shoot to kill".
Pretty sure I saw a show about the attacks at Whiting Ranch Regional Park.
CNN.com - Mountain lion victim upgraded to fair condition - Jan. 10, 2004
I get the "tranquilize it" argument if you're talking about something harmless, like a canadian. If you find a canadian in your backyard, yes..tranquilize it and ship it back to its natural habitat. With mountain lions, I'm all for shoot first ask questions later. I also am not the type that picks up spiders in the house and walks them outside. I kill and flush them. If a mountain lion would fit, I would take the same approach.
I called the DNR over 4 years ago when i spotted two mountain lions at the I80/65 bypass (West of Bass Pro). It scared me so much i went door to door notifying the neighbors of what i had seen. The DNR told me i was seeing things and there was no mountain lions in Iowa.