We are most thankful to you, our friends
and supporters, who contribute so much to the survival of America's
lions. This has been a difficult year not only for so many of you, but
also for the wild animals who have persevered through drought, fled from
fire, and wondered at the loss of so many wild places.
Whether you lend a voice to the call for a
lion's rights, fight a development, share a post on social media, pen a
note to a legislator, defend a wildlife corridor, testify to a
policy-maker, write a letter to an editor, cast a vote, make a donation,
sign a petition, or simply show a child how to respond to an encounter, you make a difference. We are so grateful for your success.
This year, in spite of the losses, and
because of what you have done to help, we've been able to accomplish
goals we thought were beyond our reach. We achieved the first major
change in 28 years in California's policy toward lions who prey on
livestock. The new rules hold people responsible first, requiring them
to care for the domestic animals in their care before killing a lion.
But we realize that people will need to
know more. So, with your help, we've drafted a set of
scientifically-based brochures full of ways to help people defend their
pets and livestock from mountain lions, and we're finding that agencies
are willing to share these methods as they make contact with the public
These changes will ease the pressures on
mountain lions caused by greater numbers of people and livestock in our
wild places during this time of climate change.
As you give thanks for those you love and
the bounty we still enjoy, I hope that you will also remember your
mountain lions, and know that many of their lives are lived as proof of
the caring hearts of a very few people - like you - who act to make it
possible for them to survive.