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Living with wildlife a good first step

Letter to the Editor


February 13, 2020

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Encountering animals in the wild and urban areas often fills me with wonder and awe, but for some it can bring fear.

Perhaps this was so for the people who recently saw a cougar in Springfield's Thurston Park.

Fear can alert us to a possible threat, but reacting out of fear instead of responding based on understanding can lead to unnecessary outcomes.

If the couple who saw the cougar had only known about another nearby cougar sighting in Springfield the night before, that cougars are active at night, and seek cover like brush and trees, then maybe that walk in the park just wouldn't have ha...

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