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Confronting the apex predator

There’s a four-legged issue migrating around Diamond A, the upscale, rural development scattered along the southeastern flank of Sonoma Mountain.

The issue is mountain lions, the apex predator of the American west, the only animal any of us are likely to confront close to home that could, conceivably, kill us.

Of course, no human in Diamond A has been killed or attacked yet, but upwards of eight pet sheep have been since February, and residents are now debating what, if anything, to do about it.

Opinions reportedly fall along three general lines of thought:

One view seems to hold that, since humans have moved into mountain lion territory, we need to learn to co-exist. It’s up to people, therefore, to modify their behavior so as not to put themselves or their animals – and by extension the magnificent cats – at risk.

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