Boulder, CO. Sinapu has called upon the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Colorado Department of Agriculture to charge Jeremy Kocar with the killing of a mountain lion and with cruelty to animals after he baited the lion with his two dogs, which were chained outdoors–in mountain lion habitat—without the protection of a covered kennel.
Kocar told the Boulder Daily Camera, “‘I’m from Wisconsin – and we take care of things there.'”
“Kocar’s Wisconsin-style vigilante justice won’t fly here,” warned Wendy Keefover-Ring, Director of Sinapu’s Carnivore Protection Program.
“Colorado’s laws do not allow for people to bait wildlife, to shoot out of season, to shoot without a license, and to kill for purposes of protecting pets. The State’s animal cruelty statute is also clear about housing animals in a manner that does not lead to “serious physical harm,” said Keefover-Ring.
“We hope the State makes an example of Kocar and hits him with the full force of the law,” Keefover-Ring added.
For Immediate Release
Wendy Keefover-Ring | Sinapu | 303.447.8655, Ext. 1#
Editor’s Note: Comments on this post, and on this subject have been disabled. Although there were several thoughtful posts on both sides of the debate, several people, posting under false names and email addresses, chose to make personal, vitriolic attacks against Sinapu and our staff. The bottom line is that we are a public advocacy organization with a keen interest in raising public awareness about stewardship of wildlife. The needless death of this mountain lion raises serious questions about our responsibility to be thoughtful stewards of wild and domestic creatures. If you disagree, that’s your right, but that doesn’t make you right. Moreover, if you cannot express your differences in a civil and respectful manner, then take it elsewhere.
~ Rob Edward