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Modoc County Sheriff sends criticizing letter to Fish and Wildlife for handling of mountain lion

The Modoc County Sheriff's Office sent a letter to the California Fish and Wildlife to express its frustration with the handling of the mountain lion in the City of Alturas.

Posted: May 12, 2021 10:34 PM
Updated: May 12, 2021 10:47 PM

MODOC COUNTY, Calif. - The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office sent a letter to the Califonia Fish and Wildlife office to express its frustration with the regional office’s response to the mountain lion incident, the sheriff’s office said.

In the letter sent on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said in scenarios like this one, steps need to happen quickly and need to be resolved in a humane way.

The sheriff’s office said the mountain lion roamed close to schools, a hospital and was seen at the Alturas Youth Park which has a skate park, little league and high school baseball fields, and livestock.

RELATED: Mountain lion spotted near Alturas tranquilized, will be relocated

Willian Dowdy, sheriff-coroner who wrote the letter for the Modoc Sheriff’s Office, said the decision to trap and relocate the mountain lion should have come earlier in the decision process.

Dowdy said time and resources were wasted while the community was at risk.

Deputies said they can not confirm there are two mountain lions and ask the community to be vigilant with children and pets. 

Sheriff Dowdy sent a letter today to the Regional California Fish and Wildlife Office expressing his frustration at the...

Posted by Modoc County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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