Mountain Lions Are a Good Choice for the Environment

Mountain lions are eating California wild donkeys. Why scientists say this is a good thing Mighty mountain lions, known for their size and ferocity, roam California’s mountains and canyons, looking for the odd-looking animal…

Mountain Lions Are a Good Choice for the Environment

Mountain lions are eating California wild donkeys. Why scientists say this is a good thing

Mighty mountain lions, known for their size and ferocity, roam California’s mountains and canyons, looking for the odd-looking animal known to live there.

For years, researchers wondered – until recently – what’s in the meat of the mountain lion: a goat, sheep, cow or donkey?

Now, the answer appears to be donkey.

The Mountain Lion Research Project, headed by a young researcher from the University of California and co-founded by state Assemblyman Jared Huffman, is testing the validity of the animal’s meat claim.

And the results are, according to the researcher, “amazing.”

“What we’ve seen for the last several years, is that a large mountain lion will kill and eat an animal that is a large animal that has a long body frame, that has a long neck and has a large head, which is probably an indicator that this animal is a donkey,” said lead author Adam Leeper.

Leeser and Huffman are pushing the idea that the animal’s meat is sustainable and contains more of an animal that is important to the environment and less of an animal that is not.

The project’s findings, published in the Sept. 12 issue of the journal PLOS ONE, offer the first scientific account of what is in the meat of a mountain lion.

Researchers and wildlife managers are finding that, as Leeper notes, an animal’s size and the fact that its meat is sustainable is a good indicator of its importance to the ecosystem.

“People have a tendency to think that animals with long necks and large heads are most important in terms of what they eat. It doesn’t make sense,” he said in an interview. “It’s like if you take two large donkeys from one valley and you’re gonna bring them up to another valley. That’s not really what you would want to do. Why would you want to bring these two large donkeys up to another valley?”

The donkey was most often killed by two of three mountain lion males Leeper studied. He did not observe any female mountain lions hunting donkey meat.

To measure donkey diet and meat quality, researchers put four small males in a cage with a donkey. It is then the lion who eats the meat that is measured.

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