Wildlife Experts Warn Of Cougars On The Prowl; Cougars Are Emerging From Hibernation, And They’re Hungry
Wyoming wildlife experts are warning the public about cougars that are emerging from hibernation.
They're restless, and hungry, the experts say.
Unlike sage grouse, grizzly bears or wolves, cougars aren't endangered species.
If anything, they're proliferating.
Wildlife experts believe they can be managed, but like wolves, cougars elicit strong and sometimes emotional responses from the public.
There are worthwhile arguments to be for and against cougars.
Cougar advocates assert they are beautiful and are fun to watch as they cavort in the wild.
Despite that lack of leadership from the Capitol, wildlife experts have suggested two ways to deal with cougars.
But the "dual status" system becomes a problem because trophy cougars can be found throughout Wyoming. While their numbers are disproportionately large in Teton and Park counties, they can inflict their wily pursuits in Cheyenne and Casper, too.
Despite wildlife experts' warnings to stay away from cougar watering holes -- the Cadillac Grille in Jackson, the Irma in Cody, the Occidental in Buffalo and the Wonder Bar in Casper -- some foolish men won't stay away from cougars.
These men are more than happy to hang out with cougars even though they'll get their hearts ripped out.
The wildlife experts can only do so much to warn the public and offer management proposals, but they hope this first day of April will mark a new awareness about cougars.