If deer are a nuisance, and cougars kill deer, why kill more cougars?

Monday , September 04, 2017 - 7:00 AM

Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Cougar on a rocky ledge.

I'm know very little about hunting or balancing predator populations, but something is really confusing me. There are frequent complaints about the deer population. There are just too many, and they are eating the shrubs, causing damage to automobiles, eating up the seeds in the bird feeders and are just pests.

Well, the mountain lion is a natural predator of deer. Why, if the deer are such a bother, do you want to kill more of the mountain lions that will lessen the deer population? (”Utah Division of Wildlife again recommending bigger cougar hunt,” Aug. 29 Standard-Examiner.)

A clear explanation by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources would be welcome to those of us who are so ignorant of these technical issues.

Prudence L. Kuhn

Ogden