(SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE) Mountain lions -- also called pumas and cougars -- are hunted for sport in almost every western state except California, where they are a protected species. Our Californian compassion is not reciprocated, however: The big cats occasionally stalk, slay and eat people.
Most recently, on Jan. 8 in Orange County, 35-year-old Mark Reynolds was killed and partially devoured by a 110-pound mountain lion that later dragged 30-year-old Anne Hjelle by the head into the shrubbery before bicyclists rescued her.
Are cougars becoming too populous and aggressive?
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