Three malnourished mountain lion kittens had to be killed earlier this month because Idaho wildlife biologists believe their mother had been treed so many times by hunters with hounds that she didn't have time hunt for food for her young.
It definitely gives hound hunters a black eye and these hunters went too far when it came to this family of mountain lions.
The story came out of Pocatello last week and we're getting letters to the editor on the incident.
Fish and Game said various hunters with dogs treed the female mountain lion with kittens to take pictures. It occurred in the Mink Creek area on the outskirts of the eastern Idaho city.
Hunting with hounds gives responsible hunters the rare opportunity to take part in "catch and release" hunting. Hunters can use dogs to pursue mountain lions in Idaho. They often tree the big cats, not to shoot them, but to take photos.
An Idaho Fish and Game officer believed the female lion hadn't had time to kill a deer for some time because she was being pursued so often.
Although it is illegal to shoot a mountain lion with kittens, it's almost like the hunters involved pulled the trigger on the kittens.
The constant chasing of the female cougar apparently caused the deaths of the young animals.
Fish and Game doesn't have any idea what happened to the mother.
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