Idaho is a very remote place. We don't have to travel far
from our cottage before the terrain becomes very steep and rugged.
On Monday there was a mountain lion following the path of the Boise River
and strolling around the campus of Boise State University which is just a
little over a mile from my home. Apparently this two year old female
cougar had become accustomed to humans, so she was considered a
danger. An officer from Fish and Game shot and killed her.
We have lots of wild animals here. Deer, elk, moose, coyotes and black
bears. We also have wolves which were reintroduced to the state about
fifteen years ago. The wolf population has grown rapidly here. Ranchers are
nervous and angry as many cattle have been killed. Wolves have also
killed house pets.
The grizzly population is also on the rise. I don't know about you, but
I have no desire to get up close and personal with a grizzly bear.
Here we live in this beautiful state with it's majestic mountains and plentiful
rivers and glacier lakes. We share this beauty with the wild things. Although
I understand that human life must be protected, I am saddened that this
beautiful animal had to be killed to protect us. I suppose that's what
can happen when one lives where the wild things are.
Susan and Bentley