On December 14, 2009, while hunting deer, Raymond Goebels Jr. from Cedar Rapids, Iowa became infamous for killing the first verified mountain lion to be found in Iowa since the species was extirpated in 1867.
Now, another Iowa deer hunter is following in his footsteps.
Last Saturday evening, a 23-year-old bow-hunter was sitting up high in his tree-stand in Nebraska's Ponderosa Wildlife Management Area, when one of the state's few lactating female mountain lions came into his view.
After hearing updated information on the impact of last year's hunt and other related deaths on Nebraska's fledgling mountain lion population yesterday, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) announced that they needed more time to analyze the data and were unready decide whether there will even be a second lion hunting season in 2015.
However, this declaration was insufficient to sway State Senator Ernie Chamber from his efforts to protect Nebraska's lions. Claiming that this . . .
06/30/14 Guest Commentary by Christopher Spatz, Cougar Rewilding Foundation
Chris Spatz discusses a recent trip to Pacifica, California and how attitudes towards mountain lions differ from his home state of New York where officials are opposed to the species' recovery. Midwestern states with tiny populations of lions continue their intolerance, and most western states needlessly slaughter hundreds of lions each year for recreation. Citizens of California were the first to grant Puma concolor the freedom to teach humans the limits of their habitat, to determine how close mountain lions wish to live near us, to let them be neighbors.
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?