Yesterday, at about the same time neighboring Nebraska was deciding not to hunt their limited number of mountain lions, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission was voting to allow hunters the use of hounds to catch and kill the few lions that make it out of the Black Hills hunting district alive.
This action came about as a result of a petition submitted by the South Dakota Houndsman Association and demonstrates once again that despite talk of making wildlife decisions based on the best science, the Commission is only . . .
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.
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?