Mountain Lion shot in Des Moines

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  1. 00clone

    00clone Well-Known Member

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    What's with the big tent thing? It's not like it's some crime scene where they have to call in CSI. Cop shot an animal. I understand why it's a big story, don't understand why it's a big deal for the authorities.
     
  2. ISUAgronomist

    ISUAgronomist Well-Known Member

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    You mean the greenhouse on the property?
     
  3. cybsball20

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    "NUh uh! It was just a big house cat, nothing to see here!" - Iowa DNR
     
  4. chuckd4735

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    I don't think the police put it there...sounds like there was some sort of greenhouse already on the property and I'm assuming this was just part of it.
     
  5. CapnCy

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    Wow...that is pretty scary.....lucky no one was hurt, etc.

    On a side note, if I'm that "greenhouse" owner, I'm seeing if I can stuff that thing to drive business to my struggling greenhouse. :twitcy:
     
  6. 00clone

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    I guess it could have been that. I saw the reference to the greenhouse in the article, just didn't think greenhouse when I looked at pics 4 and 6. Talking about the netting thing.

    Nevermind, carry on...
     
  7. chuckd4735

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    In before the "why didn't they use a tranquilizer" crowd shows up.
     
  8. ajk4st8

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    There is a dog in my neighborhood that I wish the cops would do the same thing.
     
  9. ruxCYtable

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    I'm not a tree hugger or anything but why do they have to kill them? Couldn't they tranquilize and relocate it?

    EDIT: Oops. I guess I'm in the why couldn't they tranquilize it crowd now. No, but seriously, it's an honest question. I'm not an animal rights activist and I have no problem with hunting or any of that.
     
  10. ISUAgronomist

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    I'll address the tranquilize question.

    How many police officers carry tranquilizers? Zero.

    Don't think they will wait for Blank Park Zoo to answer their need.
     
  11. ISUAgronomist

    ISUAgronomist Well-Known Member

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    Jack Hanna, the wildlife expert, addresses the issue well when all those animals were lose in Ohio:

    Jack Hanna on Zanesville, Ohio, Animals: ‘We Would Have Had Carnage’ - ABC News

    Obviously the "night" aspect is specific to this case but the rest of it holds true.

    Local police are not trained in proper usage of tranquilizers.
     
  12. ruxCYtable

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    And there you have it. Thanks for the answer!
     
  13. Palmer

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    I thought all of the cougars were on the West side...


    ba-zing!
     
  14. longtimeclone

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    My question is where do they relocate it. A zoo or back to the wild?

    It is probably a lot easier to kill the animal then dispose of the body.
     
  15. chuckd4735

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  16. mfelske

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    What affect will this have on pheasant population? Or did it just eat deer and schitzhu's?
     
  17. longtimeclone

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    That cat would probably be skinned alive in there. Might as well put it out of its misery than take it there.

    Also I am not speaking from experience. Just stories I have heard.
     
  18. redrocket22

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    According to stomach contents, Urban mountain lions thrive on stray cats and ding dong ditchers.
     
  19. CLONEing around

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    I'm sure in cities that have mountain lions and bears regularly wandering into town, there are a lot more officers trained in how to deal with that kind of situation. In Des Moines, animal control is usually being called in for raccoon and possums. And even if they did tranquilize it, what then? It's natural habitat is hundreds of miles away and transportation is difficult and expensive. It's unfortunate, but putting it down was simply the right thing to do.
     

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