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# Farmer: Several people in the past few years have claimed to have seen

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Farmer: Several people in the past few years have claimed to have seen a mountain lion in the suburban outskirts—the latest just last month—and, while mountain lions were thought to have been driven from this entire region about twenty years ago, there is no reason for the people who reported seeing a mountain lion to have deliberately concocted a false report. Therefore, local wildlife managers should begin to urgently address the mountain lion's presence.

Which of the following would, if true, most seriously weaken the farmer's argument?

A. Farmers in the suburban outskirts mostly raise cattle and hogs, which when fully grown are generally not attacked by mountain lions.

B. Mountain lions are dissimilar in size and color to other wild animals found near the suburban outskirts.

C. No person who claimed to have seen a mountain lion had anyone else with them at the purported sighting.

D. There have been no regional reports in the past year of mountain lions migrating to the area.

E. Recent surveys show that more than half of the people in the region report that they have never seen a mountain lion before.

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26 Apr 2019, 01:14
A. Farmers in the suburban outskirts mostly raise cattle and hogs, which when fully grown are generally not attacked by mountain lions.

No guarantee that they don't have younger cattle. Moreover lions can still attack humans

B. Mountain lions are dissimilar in size and color to other wild animals found near the suburban outskirts.

If they don't resemble any other animal in size then it must be the lion. This strengthen's the arguement.

C. No person who claimed to have seen a mountain lion had anyone else with them at the purported sighting.

the argument says that "there is no reason for the people who reported seeing a mountain lion to have deliberately concocted a false report"

so there's no reason for someone to lie even if they have no one with them to support their claim.

D. There have been no regional reports in the past year of mountain lions migrating to the area.

If there are no reports, then it might be possible the lions stayed there from long and were not encountered?

E. Recent surveys show that more than half of the people in the region report that they have never seen a mountain lion before.

E is the best answer?
Re: Farmer: Several people in the past few years have claimed to have seen   [#permalink] 26 Apr 2019, 01:14
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