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This issue is very similar to what is happening in most western states.
Cougars are the latest scapegoat. As people move into mountain edge habitat
that has been relatively unsettled, they have some added contacts with big
cats. Lots of misinformation is being put out about "increases" in cougar
populations when the real problem, as my friend Holly says is that "Second
homes ought to be banned in America." All these people are putting their
ranchettes up in the hills and taking away the home of many of our largest
and most threatened wildlife.
A couple of organizations work to put out good info and try to help
reconnect large predator habitat, especially by helping to make corridors
between big tracts of public land.
Try: THE ALLIANCE FOR THE WILD ROCKIES, Box 8731, Missoula, Montana 59807
and THE PREDATOR PROJECT, PO 6151, Bozeman, Montana 59771.
>Hello, My name is Melanie Elek. I just subscribed to art ed net. I am
>enrolled in Art Ed.at the Ohio State University. We were discovering
>issues in art education. I was searching the art and ecology web site
>and viewed an image called "howl". This piece is by Luis Jimenez. The
>sculpture is a coyote that is powerful yet hungry. The image effected me
>by realizing the agony that human interaction has placed on animals,
>more specifically wild animals. This also reminded me of a news report I
>heard recently on alligators attacking people in Florida. We are
>continuing to invade the homeland of these wild animals. Do we blame
>them? I decided to further investigate this issue in class. If anyone
>has further information or comments on this subject please respond.
>Thank you, Melanie