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Washington State University’s Large Carnivore Conservation Lab has provided 15 years of research on cougar social dynamics. As we’ve pointed out previously, their results have demonstrated how sport hunting (which tends to target ordering big toms) shreds the cougar’s social network and increases conflicts with pets, livestock and us. The conclusion to this video, which is echoed from 40 years of experience in states where sport hunting is not permitted – Florida and California – is that the best way to manage cougars is not through hunting: let cougars take care of themselves. 




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