EDITOR: It was with great dismay and disgust that I read the front-page article and viewed the gruesome photo of a slaughtered mountain lion in the Aug. 10 print edition of News-Herald Media. The hunt is portrayed in the article as arduous and difficult, but what chance could any animal have against one hunter, two professional guides, a pack of dogs, snowmobiles, GPS units and so on. Why not just shoot them in a cage?
Killing our American lions is morally unjustified. There are no legitimate reasons to hunt them - it is purely recreational. According to wildlife biologists, lions are vital and valuable in our environment. Although they are elusive and impossible to count, many wildlife experts believe they are in peril, as their numbers are not increasing.
The Mountain Lion Foundation estimates that as much as 16 percent of their total population is killed each year by sport hunters. Yes, states like Colorado realize financial benefits from selling their wildlife to trophy hunters, but isn't it time for such brutal and outdated hobbies to end? Glorifying the senseless slaughter of wildlife sends a message to our youth that life is disposable. No wonder they become desensitized to the value of all life forms.
Shame on News-Herald Media for promoting and portraying such behavior and cruelty as admirable.