Morgan Monroe State Forest, Indiana
 

Debunking the myth hunters are the only true conservationists

It's a myth commonly voiced by hunters that they finance wildlife conservation in America through their hunting fees and the tax dollars paid for ammunition and other equipment purchases.

That worn out fairytale resurfaced again recently when a contributor to MLF's Facebook page challenged "all of you so called world savers to match even half the dollars we hunters contribute to ensure that wildlife continue to grow in numbers."

Rising to the challenge, MLF checked that statement against the official accounting on the . . .

Another Santa Monica Lion Crosses the Road


4/24/2015

The following story was written by David Montero and originally posted on the Pasadena Star-News website.



National Park Service officials reported this morning that a second mountain lion in a month has crossed the 101 Freeway from its habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Since NPS biologists have been tracking mountain lions in the area in 2002, only two of the wild cats had managed . . .

mountain lion cougar puma catamount panther
all the same animal!


Whatever you call America's Lion...

he's more than a trophy...
too few in numbers...
across far less habitat...
in a land with more people.

Frequently Asked Questions Answered about Mountain Lions

Linking a Cougar Decline, Trophic Cascade, and Catastrophic Regime Shift in Zion National Park

03/26/15 Guest Commentary by William Ripple and Robert Beschta

Ripple and Beschta's work in Zion National Park was one of the first major studies to help demonstrate the importance of top predators in maintaining healthy, diverse landscapes. When the park gained popularity and more people visited, cougars were scared off. Without natural predators, mule deer over-browsed cottonwoods, causing a shift in vegetation, more erosion along stream banks, and ultimately fewer reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. These results, replicated in Yellowstone, have broad implications with regard to our understanding of ecosystems where large carnivores have been removed or are being recovered.

Photograph of lion walking through autumn leaves.

The American Lion:
Biology and Behavior

Spend just eight minutes and learn little known facts about the fascinating mountain lion. Get a glimpse of how a mountain lion thinks, feels, and senses. What makes the mountain lion so adaptable to a wide variety of habitats? How does their hunting differ from that of wolves and bears? What is their relationship to the ecosystem?
Photograph of two autumn leaves, green and bright crimson.

ON AIR: Dr. Karanth on Saving Tigers

05/21/14 An Audio Interview with Julie West, MLF Broadcaster

The high stakes conservation challenges and successes impacting the endangered Bengal tiger, whose survival is threatened on many fronts.