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March 24, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Cougar preservation: Attacks happen when living close to nature

Yet again, encroaching humans are blaming and punishing animals for acting like animals [“Methow’s winter of cougar killings stirs discontent,” Local News, March 23].

People of Twisp: Have you lost your sense of geography? Do you not realize where you are? You chose to live away from cities, opting for remoteness and nature, then you are outraged when your dog, or your cow, encounters one of nature’s truly majestic beasts. Your response? Kill it!

You are in the cougars’ yard. When us city folk lose a pet to a raccoon or a car, do we start shooting raccoons and drivers? No. We understand and accept that if you leave your dog outside, accidents are going to happen. I love my dog. But with more than 80 million of them in the U.S., not a single one of them is worth losing a cougar over.

David Glenn, Seattle

Comments | More in animals | Topics: Cougars, David Glenn, Methow Valley

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