2017-01-06 / Letters

Suburbs not a place for cougars

This is in response to those critical of my Dec. 9 anti-mountain lion letter.

I don’t pretend we were here before cougars. But we’re here now, and they no longer belong, at least not in the suburbs.

It was suggested that I visit the Santa Susana Field Lab to view the stress we “intruders” have caused the local fauna. Since when are humans intruding on our own planet? And isn’t this the same facility that has been an economic staple in Simi’s economy for three-quarters of a century?

As an outdoorsman, hunter and former wildland firefighter, I’m quite familiar with our ecosystem. And one of the greatest threats is from unchecked predator populations.

Lloyd Forrester
Simi Valley

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