Many names for those big cats.. California, Colorado, they started making a comeback.. They are very very territorial, defending their territory to the death..
Wildlife officials took notice of the increase in the big cats.. They wanted to start eliminating some, their were to many. They knew their was going to be problems, with the newer ones moving into developed A.O.s.. No place else to go..
Well the hairy spotted owl lovers went bezerk.. "Don't kill the pretty kitties." O.K..
Was not long before the Wardens phones were ringing off the hook.. "A big cat just ate Fifi my poodle. Help."
Mainly California. Attacks on humans was getting out of control.. They started the cull..
"Mountain Lion Attacks On People in the U.S. and Canada"
Mountain lion attacks on people apparently increased dramatically since 1986. For example, in California, there were two fatal attacks in 1890 and 1909, and then no further attacks for 77 years, until 1986. From 1986 through 1995, nine verified attacks occurred, an average rate of almost one per year. Attacks were numerous enough to form a support group for attack victims, called California Lion Awareness (CLAW; Outside, 10/95).
Link is for attacks on humans.. God knows how many peoples pets disappeared? Main attacks were on mountain joggers or bike riders.. We saw people getting healthy, they saw moving dinner..