A note to our esteemed friends at the Fish and Wildlife: mountain lions are alive and well here
October 15, 2011 21 Comments
Earlier this year, our friends at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared eastern mountain lions extinct. Across Tennessee, we all laughed. Here in heavily populated middle Tennessee in the suburbs of Nashville, we all know someone who knows someone who has seen a mountain lion. Some of us have seen them ourselves. This poor dog came in to rescue with Big Fluffy Dog Rescue after a very clear mountain lion attack and she took the worst of it defending her flock:
Still, after all the sightings and all the evidence (puncture and slash marks on Athena, tracks, etc), the Fish and Wildlife people said there are no mountain lions here. I wonder how they will explain this:
I think we’re going to need more catnip.
Note: Athena was attacked in 2008. She’s fine now and living large as a house pet. The picture needs proper attribution as I did not take it, but I am not sure who did. Suffice it to say, it’s not me, but the original can be found here.