Do you have a dog? Do you enjoy taking it hiking in the pristine wilderness? If you answered yes to both and live anywhere near where mountain lions live, watch out!
Currently in Colorado, California and Washington State, numerous areas are being inundated by cougars leaving the mountains and coming down to the neighborhoods we all know and love. Actually, strike that. Humans have invaded mountain lion territory forcing them to go after any food source possible. I have a dog and love it a ton, but I also understand that living in the woods carries a risk to myself and my pets. That being said, here is the latest story of cougars versus pets.
Recently in Colorado, (Story: http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/03/19/mountain-lion-snatches-eats-mans-dachshund-in-colorado-springs/) a woman let her Dachshund out in her backyard and within minutes a cougar came, grabbed it in its huge jaws and killed it instantly. While this sounds rare, cougars are increasing their activity against humans and their animals all over the state. Joggers have been attacks, dogs have been eaten and I am sure that soon they will start coming after the elderly.
I tease about this because stories like this should not be news. We humans are to blame. Wild animals are in fact just that. They are wild, unpredictable and dangerous, but we have to be realistic. Thinking that animals should respect our pets, never attack us for encroaching on their land or stay away from cities is just plain dumb. While stories like this, as a dog owner, as quite sad, it is life. This is the West, this is nature and this is why we love it here.
Buck up pet owners, this is a risk we take for living in paradise.