But what experience could be more negative than being killed?
"Was hazing tried?" Howie asks. "Was there an investigation into the attractions around that are bringing cougar kittens closer? We don't know if any of these questions were asked. We certainly don't have any answers to them. We only have two dead cougars and nothing changing or preventing this from this happening again.
"A lot of things can be expensive and time consuming," Howie says. "It doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. It is a costly thing. I get that. But I think if you spoke to most people in British Columbia about wildlife, I think they would say, 'Spend the money'.
Or, at least, let cougars be cougars.
Because a couple of young cougars being killed for acting like, well, cougars in a community of three people could hardly be considered urban encroachment.
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