Letter: Please don’t sensationalize animal killings
I have been following the articles in The Aspen Times about the recent mountain lion attacks in Woody Creek. I do not blame the parents for anything they did, and my heart goes out to them for what must have been a terrifying experience. Nor do I question the actions by the authorities in making a difficult decision to put down the lions to prevent another attack. I do, however, question the necessity of showing the animal’s bloodied carcass in the paper repeatedly and making it seem as though the animal was a vicious predator and that its death was some type of victory. We live in a wild area, and we share habitat with these creatures. It’s unfortunate that bears and mountain lions sometimes cross paths with us, but it’s often (perhaps not in this case) due to humans intruding into their habitat and our carelessness with trash and food. Showing pictures like this sensationalizes the incident and perpetuates the Old West stereotype of man’s necessity to conquer and kill anything that might pose a threat. We need to learn to live in harmony with nature and take intelligent steps to protect both human and animal life.
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