Mountain lion cubs shot in HMB not dangerous after all

Earlier this month a California Fish and Game official shot to death two mountain lion cubs in Half Moon Bay. The shooting provoked a public outcry and calls for reform.

Officials at Fish and Game, at the time of the shooting, defended their decision to shoot the cubs. Although San Mateo County Sherriff’s Department officials estimated the cubs at two months old, Fish and Game official estimated them to be much older–ten months, not four, and much more dangerous:

From the December 4th Half Moon Bay Review:

Fish and Game officials explained that killing the animals a necessary because they posed a danger to residents in the area. The cougars were estimated to weigh about 25 to 30 pounds.

“We always err on the side of public safety,” said Janice Mackey, a Fish and Game spokeswoman. “With a cat at that size and age in a residential area, it was a public safety concern. Period.”

However, an analysis of the dead cats shows that they were only four months old, about fourteen pounds in weight–slightly more than the weight of an adult house cat.

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