Monday, January 5, 2015
The dramatic decline followed the establishment of a 22,500-acre bighornFrom Kierán Suckling, executive director of the center:
sheep protected area in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness in July, 2013. Hound
hunting of lions is prohibited within the protected area.
Those seeking to prevent the return of bighorn sheep to the Pusch Ridge
Wilderness assert that depredation kills conducted by the program are
devastating the lion population. The decline in hunter kills, however,
greatly outnumbered the single lion killed by the program in 2014 and the
two killed in 2013. With these included, 2014 and 2013-2014 remain the
largest single and two-year declines in lion killings since 1982.
Restoring sheep to the Pusch Ridge Wilderness is good for the sheep, good for lions, and good for the mountain.The cautious, innovative ecosystem approach taken here should serve as a model for bighorn restoration everywhere.I checked out the Friends of Wild Animals Facebook to see what they had to say:
Hunting lions with dogs is prohibited, but hunting lions is allowed. Also, the bighorn sheep advisory committee and the AZG&F Department sanction a houndsman hunting any lions that may have killed a sheep. The hunting of lions with hounds is bad for both lions and sheep because the lion dies for doing what lions do - eating sheep - and the hounds used by the houndsman are very bad for the ewes and their newly born lambs.