Yesterday I was out in his field sighting in my bow and when finished I talked to him for a while; about racoon’s damaging up to 30 acres of corn, the damage a deer rack can do to a tractor tire, etc. He sounded excited to remind me about the ‘rumor’ of the cougar release near Janetville, as just last week he received a notice in the mail from the MNR, asking him to report any sightings or incidents with cougars to them. He said that this seems to confirm the Janetville area rumor.
While driving home on Saturday evening from western Ontario, I caught a bit of a story / report on the radio. Something about “they think that the highlands will support a population of cougars in the areas with the number of deer, and home that in the future to promote eco-tourism with cougars.”
I understand that there once used to be cougars in the area, way back when.
But, as a local resident and hunter in the area, I have to admit that if this is the case that I’m rather concerned.
Shouldn’t the public be notified?
I’d hope someone or a young child doesn’t get attacked by one?
Why the heck wouldn’t they (the MNR) increase the length of the shotgun hunt if this cougar release is partially aimed at controlling the deer population. I’d sure appreciate the extra meat on the table, and I’m sure that local and non-local business would greatly benefit from a longer hunt.
If this is true, it does not seem right to me.
Anyone have any insight on this?
Edited by Entropy, 15 January 2008 - 10:02 AM.