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A mother mountain lion and its cub were killed outside Nevada City. The second cub ran away, scared and alone.

The logic was “The animal had to be killed. The mountain lion could have killed children.” The reality is that we aren’t forced to kill anything; we can make rational choices. Did the Nazi’s have to kill the Jews? Did the Hatfields have to shoot the McCoys? The sad case of the Hatfields and McCoys is a classic example of letting supposedly good reasons lead to bad decisions.

Yes, that mountain lion could have killed a child, but so can humans and even dogs. Look at the numbers. You are 41,000 times as likely to be killed by a human as a mountain lion. Even our friends, dogs, aren’t perfect. You are 180,000 times as likely to be seriously attacked by a dog as by a mountain lion.



Will we ever hear someone say, “I had to kill those people and their dogs. They could have killed children”?

Charley Hooper




Grass Valley


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