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Four cougars were killed in the city of Penticton this last week.
That’s the bald fact. The reactions to it probably skid in two different directions.
One reaction approves of killing them. Cougars, it would assert, are wild animals. Very powerful, and potentially dangerous. For human safety – or perhaps more accurately, for the safety of straying pets – cougars must be eliminated from urban areas.
A second reaction is sorrow. Even anger. The cougars had harmed no one. Indeed, it could be argued that they had performed a service to Penticton residents, by culling a few of the wild deer that infest the city.
And besides, they looked cuddly.
Categories: Sharp Edges
Tags: Cougars, wildlife, nature rights