Re "East Sac cougar lives thanks to recent legislation" (Editorial, June 24): The Sacramento Police Department and California Department of Fish and Wildlife deserve accolades for the way they handled the mountain lion in east Sacramento recently. Thanks to SB 132 and its passage to state law, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife had the nonlethal tools and support to get this lion safely out of an urban neighborhood alive.
While humane and appropriate action was taken, this lion now has the formidable task of trying to claim new territory wherever he was released and whether or not he is successful will define his ultimate chances for survival. Human conflict with wildlife will continue to increase as the urbanization of existing wildlife corridors encroaches upon native habitat for these animals. Understanding how habitat loss affects native wildlife is key to coexisting with the world around us.
Thanks to great response, the East Sac lion got a second chance. Godspeed.
-- Erin Hauge, Sacramento