Ranch is between Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho-

Here is something you don’t read about very often, especially in Idaho.  A predator kills an animal on a ranch, and the owner or manager is not drooling for revenge.

Mountain lion kills 2 alpacas. Ranch manager declines offer to kill predator Idaho Mountain Express.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

8 Responses to Mountain lion kills 2 alpacas. Ranch manager declines offer to kill predator

  1. avatar Jon Way says:

    If more people just realized this:

    “If one gets trapped or killed, another one will just come take its place.”

  2. Hey Jon.

    I see we got quoted in the Christian Science Monitor.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/1030/p02s01-usgn.html

  3. avatar Jon Way says:

    Thanks Ralph. I hadn’t seen that yet.

  4. avatar Maska says:

    It’s nice to see an article on the coyote incident that doesn’t sensationalize it. Apparently the Christian Science Monitor is still doing reasonably objective reporting.

  5. avatar gline says:

    Wow that isn’t a bad article.

  6. I wish the mayor of Sun Valley was as enlightened about the Phantom Hill Wolf Pack as this Hailey man is about cougars.
    I was out at Yellowpine a few years ago to visit a friend and ran into a guy (new to Yellowpine) who was bragging about killing the black bear that was on his porch rummaging in his open garbage can.
    I don’t understand people that move to wild places and then procede to kill off the wildlife.
    We need more people like this alpaca owner.

  7. avatar Mike says:

    Nice to see a landowner who understands the local ecosystem. Sad and frustrating about his animals, but like he inferred, that’s the nature of the area.

  8. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    Suppose he would do the same if it were wolves?

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