No matter where you live, America's lion needs your voice. If you know anyone living in Nevada, please also share this petition with them.
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.
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 law was passed in 2015 that required 80% of the funds collected through the $3 predator fee be spent only on killing wildlife.
All this increased expenditure on killing wildlife is happening when Nevada wildlife is suffering in a severe drought and when those places that once were oases in the desert are now increasingly populated by people and domestic animals. Both predators and prey suffer in these conditions.
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 has doubled in the last five years. The Predator Management Program will spend $1 million dollars to kill Nevada wildlife between July 2016 and June 1017.
Mountain lions are especially hard hit by the Nevada Predator Program, even though they are dying in record numbers for many other reasons.
The State of Nevada will spend $350,000 to kill mountain lions over the next year, for no reason at all.
Our only chance to slow the killing is to:
We need your help today to respectfully urge the Commissioners to take these steps. Please leave a comment and sign our petition above.
But a petition will not be enough!
Even more important, write a letter to the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners and NDOW Director Wasley, asking them to take these 3 steps. Please, write today! There is no time to waste.
Mail your letter to:
Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners
and Director Tony Wasley, NDOW
c/o Suzanne Scourby
6980 Sierra Center Pkwy #120
Reno, NV 89511
Phone: (775) 688-1599
Fax: (775) 688-1207
Ask that your comments be forwarded to the Director and all of the Commissioners, and be made part of the official record.
Please send a copy of your letter to Mountain Lion Foundation, PO Box 1896, Sacramento CA 95812, or email a copy of your letter to LCullens@MountainLion.org. We will make sure that your letter reaches all of the Commissioners, as well as the Governor, who appoints the Director of NDOW. To contact the commissioners directly go to:
And attend the upcoming commission meetings: May 13 and 14 in Reno, June 24 and 25 in Elko. www.ndow.org/uploadedFiles/ndoworg/Content/Public_Meetings/Commission/NBWC-2016-Calendar.pdf
Please be respectful, anger and outrage is understandable, but discourteous communications reflect poorly on advocates for wildlife and the conservation community.
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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.