Mountain Lion Drags Deer Across Quiet Colorado Street

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You don’t have to be deep in the mountains of Colorado to spot one of nature’s top predators. Sometimes, they show up on otherwise quiet neighborhood streets.

The topic of hunting mountain lions is a contentious one and shows no sign of reaching a resolution anytime soon.

Earlier this year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously voted to ban the spring mountain lion season. We should note the April season was already available only for certain units and the late November to March window remains open for feline hunters, but that doesn’t stop hunting enthusiasts from worrying that their abilities to target lions is in jeopardy.

There’s a further push to end the “trophy hunting” of mountain lions, bobcats, and lynx that may end up on the ballot in 2024. California enacted a similar ban way back in 1972 and Rocky Mountain state hunters are worried they may soon face the same fate. (I encourage you to listen to Meateater’s podcast to learn more about the topic. They do a great job speaking to the pros and cons of banning the taking out mountain lions).

Well, this video is being used (in part) to show why controlling populations of mountain lions through organized and monitored hunting seasons may be in everyday people’s favor.

Although it’s a short clip, someone was driving down the road when they spotted a mountain lion dragging a full sized deer across the street just ahead of them. Of course, we can say how powerful and impressive it is, but realizing that these killers aren’t just tucked away in some forest and will make themselves part of the “civilized” portion of the state may make one rethink their opposition to hunting them.

Imagine you have small kids and let them play in the yard. Heck, even a large dog had pretty much no chance against these lions, which can grow to over 200 pounds and have to kill a lot of animals just to stay alive.

I’m not saying let’s go full wild west and let anyone kill these creatures on sight, but I think it’s pretty obvious that being able to target some each year, especially those presenting a problem to farmers, ranchers, and people just going on about their lives, is a net positive, and that doesn’t even mention the long track record of population stability directly due to strategic hunting that many species have realized over the years.

No matter which side of the argument you fall on, this video is just straight up a fun watch.

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