Letter: Cougar killing deer is a reality of life

Either we eliminate all urbanizing animals or we learn to co-exist with the entire ecosystem as it develops, writes E. Walker.

Why was the cougar in the tree on Kettle River Drive shot on June 21?

Surely not because it was killing a deer? Isn’t this what they normally do? Was the cat threatening someone or their pets?

It seems ironic that the moment a predator sets foot in town or comes around people, we kill it. Is the city not [considering] a deer cull? Can we not spare one for the cougar? Perhaps the realities of life are just too difficult for some of us?

I don’t know the details of the situation but if no one was being directly threatened, this is just another needless animal killing.

During that past few decades more wild species are “urbanizing” so I think we must make some choices. Either we eliminate all urbanizing animals or we learn to co-exist with the entire ecosystem as it develops.

E.Z. Walker, Grand Forks