One of the things I’ve noticed since I’ve starting writing this blog is that the discussion of predators in general, especially wolves, is one of the most controversial subjects for people on both sides of the aisle. Regardless of what some people may think, predators, particularly mountain lions and wolves, do serve an important role in nature. However, just like anything else, too many, or not enough of them, can spell very bad things for the health of a given wildlife population. While I’m not trying to provoke a fight with anyone, I would like to take some time to discuss a personal experience I've had regarding the topic of large predators and the effect they have on game populations.
Not too long ago, I was hunting with an outfitter who had a mountain lion move onto his land during the previous few weeks. His land had a very large and healthy population of deer, and this was probably one of the reasons why the mountain lion decided to stake a claim there. Less than a week after he first noticed the tracks of the cougar, he saw the cougar for the first time. Around this time, he realized that he was seeing fewer and fewer deer on a daily basis as they reacted to the presence of the mountain lion and vacated the immediate area around where he was seeing the mountain lion.