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Criticism over wardens shooting of cougar cubs

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) -- Wildlife advocates are criticizing a decision by California wardens to shoot a pair of mountain cubs in the backyard of a home near downtown Half Moon Bay.

State Department of Fish and Game wardens killed the 9-month-old cougars Saturday night, saying they didn't attempt to tranquilize the 30-pound animals because of concerns they might escape and become a threat to public safety.

But wildlife experts tell the San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/VvSgWR ) that they should have been notified to assess the danger before they were shot to death.

Monterey-based Wildlife Rescue founder Rebecca Dmytryk says it was a bad judgment call, adding it was a perfect situation to call in wildlife rescuers.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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Kevin Sk 2:32pm December 5, 2012

Easy to armchair quarterback this and personally I'd default to trusting the wardens judgement, on what was probably a tough call for them too. Obviously, juvenile lions are a real danger to the neighbors, kids, and domestic animals. I've read that young lions are the natural prey of adult males in their territory, and depending on their condition, and all other factors, it could have been a kindness to put them down.