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Stupid Law Gives A Bobcat A Shot To Be Euthanized

On the edge of the El Dorado County's El Dorado National Forest lived a bobcat that, apparently, has been caught by officials after being reported that a nearby resident had it's three house cats killed. Once help captive, rather than being relocated back into a different area of El Dorado National Forest, Janice Mackey, spokeswoman for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, says that she has ordered the cat to be euthanized due to a California law.

I am appalled that California has to have such a stupid law that would kill these beautiful creatures. Yes, it is a shame that the homeowner lost his pets but to kill wildlife in retribution is insane. It's wrong.

The bobcat was not rabid or infested with a disease. It was doing what it knows best; surviving. We as humans, if we choose to live in the outskirts of the natural habitat of wildlife, should expect to encounter wildlife on occasion. You simply need to be aware of the risks and take precaution to protect your pets. Don't let stay outside unless they are with you. It's that simple.

Are we now going to have free reign on hunting season to kill these wild cats? It will end up eradicating the species and all it's doing is surviving.

I'm getting tired of all these stupid laws in the United States that are endangering wildlife. El Dorado County is not the county I live in but you can count on me heading to a public board meeting with the state of California to eradicate this law.

Leave wildlife alone! Relocate them; not euthanize.

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JeanC wrote on February 3, 2015, 4:55 PM

Oh ye ghodz! Someone in authority needs to have a clue bat applied to their heads. Unless the bobcat is a habitual nuisance (as in relocate, moves back, relocate again, moves back, etc) there is no reason to put it down. Heck, relocate to another part of the state or even to a state that can use the fresh DNA.

CountryWine wrote on February 4, 2015, 1:29 AM

It barely came out of the woods and into the property of the owner for the first time! California is big but in the northern part of the state people don't realize it's wilder here and think they can co-habituate. The minute the animals suddenly appear they cry wolf. Like I said, it is a shame that the pets were killed but killing the bobcat was just senseless. It was doing what was natural for survival; hunting. Relocating to another state isn't really the answer. They live in packs just like wolves and taking one out of it's pack makes it hard for them to survive if moved to another state. Getting the pack to move closer inside the forests is better.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 4, 2015, 7:42 AM

Better still relocate humans who are encroaching on their territory? What a horrible thing to have happen, if you can´t put up with wildlife don't live amongst it.

scheng1 wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:12 AM

Wild animals have the rights to this earth too. We should respect them, and not kill them.

MelissaE wrote on February 11, 2015, 7:52 PM

Thank you for such an informative article. We have a few bobcats around here. We have coyotes and deer aplenty.