What a sad, sad day for Yorba Linda, and what a regrettable lesson for our children. Unfortunately, Lyn Twiss and other Travis Ranch Elementary School teachers were required to give a Requiem rather than a lesson in conservation and proper stewardship. However, hopefully, the adults did not buy into the official line that the cougar, if tranquilized, might injure someone.
Certainly knowledgeable officials truly interested in preserving the life of this marvelous creature could have figured out that there was a way. It may have inconvenienced some of us, but it would have been far preferable to solving the problem through the barrel of a gun.
Streets could have been cordoned off, people (and pets) could have been ordered indoors, the schoolchildren could have been delayed in their walks to school, and then the cougar could have been tranquilized. Instead, there was panic all around. This action was not only unjustified but set a poor example of how to preserve life.
Anyone who takes a look around the bare and graded hills of Yorba Linda has to go no further than the City Council for cause of the cougar's venture into the tract. Surely the official who laid the blame, in part, to the ban on cougar hunts must know the reasons have far more to do with unconstrained growth than constraints on hunting.