http://thebeefjar.com/2012/03/15/guest- ... mentalist/
Here's an article about it. Apparently they have a guard dog, but as you guys preach so often, one wasn't enough. I can't imagine one 120 lb dog being much of a discouragement to a cat this size.
The other real problem here in CA is that voters decided in 1990 to ban the hunting of mountain lions. Since that time, their numbers have grown significantly and they've lost much of their fear and respect for humans. In the meantime, their natural prey, deer, are dropping in numbers, partly due to increase mountain lion predation (a lion will kill about 50 deer per year) but also due to loss of habitat and winter range to land development. This all combined has led to an increase in conflict between mountain lions and humans in California. I watch the news from San Fransisco and Oakland and there are frequent sightings of mountain lions now around schools and parks in communities surrounding the cities. Every couple years you hear about a hiker or cyclist being attacked. So these cats are now encroaching into more urban areas as well.
My gripe with all of this is why the voters were allowed to decide the management of a wildlife species in the first place? The average voter has no concept of how to maintain a healthy, balanced population or what that even looks like. They think these cats are beautiful and mysterious so let's not shoot them. THAT decision should have been left to trained, experienced wildlife managers who make decisions based on fact, not emotion. The HSUS had a hand in this 22 years ago and they're still at, leading voters to ban morning dove hunting in Michigan last year. This was just the beginning, believe me.