Since then, California has tranquilized and relocated around a dozen mountain lions without any problems.
"California has more people and more lions than any other state, and still, no relocated cat has come back or caused a problem," Rodrigues explained.
This isn't the first time the FWP has taken a questionable approach to wildlife. Back in June, a baby moose was spotted wandering around helplessly after her mother died giving birth. When a concerned citizen called the department to seek help, FWP arrived then killed the baby and blew up her body.
Montana isn't the only state that has a zero tolerance policy; mountain lions in particular tend to elicit a "shoot first" mentality from parks officials. In May, a mountain lion in Omaha, Nebraska, was killed in a hail of bullets after falling asleep by a building. At the time, Tim Dunbar, executive director of MLF, told The Dodo that mountain lions are usually shy and that this one posed no threat to city dwellers simply by entering the city.