Calif. fighting mountain lions with pamphlets
State officials seem to believe this problem is best addressed by issuing pamphlets that give helpful tips for outdoors enthusiasts who live in lion country.
Do not hike, bike, or jog alone. (Sound advice, but is it really practical?)
Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active - dawn, dusk and at night. (This would work well if people didn't have to work for a living. Not really practical for someone who works 9 to 5.)
Keep a close watch on small children. (This is actually good advice; lions prefer to attack prey close to their own size.)
Do not approach a mountain lion. (Duh!)
If you encounter a mountain lion, don't run. (What about an unseen lion that has set up an ambush along a hiking or biking trail?)
If attacked, fight back. (Also good advice.)
If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911. (Duh again!)
And to homeowners who might not want cougars prowling their back porches, California authorities suggest they do everything they can to discourage deer from coming around.
Wouldn't it make more sense to institute a controlled hunting season designed to shrink the mountain lion population - not too much, just a little - and to restore a healthy fear of man to those magnificent animals?