UPDATE! AB 101 HAS PASSED BOTH HOUSES OF THE NEVADA LEGISLATURE AND WAS ENROLLED ON, MAY 23, 2017!
The enrolled bill will now be sent to Governor Sandoval who must decide within five days to sign, veto, or allow AB 101 to become law without a signature.
Nevada residents, you can help!
Let Governor Sandoval know that you support AB 101.
- To contact the office of Governor Sandoval by phone at 775-684-5670.
Your call will only take a minute and you can say: "Hi, my name is __________ and I live in __________. I am calling to urge Governor Sandoval to sign AB 101. I care about protecting Nevada's wildlife, including mountain lions and other predators, and AB 101 will give NDOW more tools to stabilize healthy predator populations, reduce livestock loss, and increase big game populations. Thank you."
- To send Governor Sandoval an email click "Email the Governor" which will take you to the Nevada State Page. Enter your name and address, select "Legislation" from the drop down "Topic" list and enter "Support AB101" in the "Subject" field". Then leave a brief comment, Click "Submit" and your comment will be sent to Governor Sandovol.
Some talking points to give you ideas are provided below:
- AB 101 will provide funding for wildlife habitat conservation, education and research.
- AB 101 will provide NDOW with funding for programs that better manage and enhance big game populations.
- AB 101 will benefit ranchers by stabilizing predator populations and provide a stronger toolkit for managing livestock losses.
- AB 101 will not restrict the ability of ranchers to eliminate those predators that depredate on livestock and existing rancher assistance programs will remain in place and fully funded.
- AB 101 focuses on the goal of improving big game opportunities for hunters through scientific understanding and better management tools instead of relying solely on predator control.
- Random and unnecessary predator killing breaks up strong family structures and leads to orphaned and inexperienced young preying on even more pets and livestock.
- The predator killing projects that have been funded with the $3 tag fee to increase big game populations have not worked because deer populations aren't growing.
- There is very little money left for valid scientific studies and finding more reasonable alternatives for managing predators when 80% of funding from hunting fees is required to go towards killing predators.
Thank you so much for taking action! You can follow AB 101's progress here.
AB 101 BACKGROUND:
Nevada spends millions of dollars killing mountain lions and other wildlife for "predator control" to provide more deer to hunters. But it doesn't work. AB 101 will change this!
Nevada's Predator Management Program is a little known state effort designed to kill bobcats, coyotes, foxes, bears and mountain lions. It's "the perfect storm" for Nevada wildlife, added atop the trophy hunting, depredation killing, and losses to trapping and poisons. The program is funded by a $3 fee that hunters pay when they buy a tag. The more hunters there are, the more money is raised to kill wildlife in addition to those animals killed by hunters.
A 2015 law requires 80% of the $3 predator fee be spent only on killing predators, even though the record of the program itself demonstrates very clearly that it does not work.
Even though — dollar for dollar — improving habitat would be more effective for protecting prey animals, the money can't be spent for that. And even though — dollar for dollar — implementing nonlethal measures would be more effective to protect domestic animals (like fencing, pens, frightening devices and other new technology) the money can't be spent for that.
The killing fund is ten times what it was in 2000, and doubled in the last five years. The Predator Management Program will spend $1 million dollars to kill Nevada wildlife in 2017.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife is required to continue the killing by law unless you and the Nevada Legislature take a stand to make a change. Instead of focusing on killing predators, which only serves to disrupt their populations, damage ecosystems and increase conflicts with people, Assembly Bill 101
- Fund wildlife habitat conservation, education and research,
- Focus on those programs that truly enhance big game populations, and
- Create opportunities to match existing funds with federal dollars for nonlethal programs.
And AB 101 will allow Nevada Department of Wildlife scientists and managers to use hunter fees to produce the "biggest bang for the buck". Well-informed sportsmen in Nevada are standing with us to support this legislation. Only those extremists who do not understand the underlying science, who are playing on politics, or who simply think the only good predator is a dead predator are in opposition.
You can follow AB 101's progress here.
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About the Mountain Lion Foundation
The Mountain Lion Foundation, founded in 1986, is a national nonprofit organization protecting mountain lions and their habitat.
We believe that mountain lions are in peril.
Our nation is on the verge of destroying this apex species upon which whole ecosystems depend. Hunting mountain lions is morally unjustified, and killing lions to prevent conflicts is ineffective and dangerous.
There is a critical need to know more about the biology, behavior, and ecology of mountain lions, and governments should base decisions upon truthful science, valid data, and the highest common good. Conserving critical lion habitat is essential.