Colo. study sheds light on suburban cougars
BOULDER, Colo. – A study has found that mountain lions roaming the Denver suburbs don’t live long and, contrary to concerns, aren’t switching their diet from wildlife to easier pickings of pets and livestock.
Colorado Division of Wildlife researchers are halfway through a six-year study of mountain lions in the foothills northwest of Denver. Attacks on domestic animals have raised questions about whether mountain lions living near people opt for easier prey such as domestic cats, dogs and livestock.
Researchers say satellite tracking and landowners’ reports show the lions might kill a horse or dog but still target mostly elk and other wild animals.
The research also shows the mountain lions don’t live long. Only 18 of 40 cats captured and tagged are still alive.
Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com