To the editor:
We read with great interest an article in the June 30 Journal-World. It was the reported sighting by Liz Dobbins of a mountain lion. This is the latest in a long list of sightings.
My husband saw one of the large cats a couple of months ago in our front yard. It also crouched when he yelled, then it took six or seven steps in his direction before crouching again. He retreated into our house. We saw it again a few days later hunting near the woods. When talking to a neighbor, he said it had been sighted earlier. We live in the wooded Martin Park area with an abundant wildlife population and lots of habitat.
We had not reported the incidents due to the comments like that of Mr. Wolfe, fisheries and wildlife region supervisor. He says there "hadn't been any conclusive evidence."
These are not UFOs, and the people reporting these large cats have clear views of the animals.
I doubt there would be public panic if he acknowledged that the animals could exist. What would be helpful is if Mr. Wolfe would provide information to the public. What evasive action needs to be taken if confronted with a mountain lion?
Let's not wait for a sad incident to occur. We don't need Mr. Wolfe's approval to believe in these sightings, and these large, beautiful cats don't need his acknowledgment to live in our area.