Morgan Monroe State Forest, Indiana
 

Oregon's lethal lion management policy: Intolerance disguised as public safety

Once again Oregon authorities have killed a mountain lion near Bend, Oregon. However, this time the killers were members of the Bend Police Department.

Saturday afternoon, Bend police officers evacuated the public from the area near Pilot Butte - a 500-foot-tall extinct cinder cone volcano - shortly after a mountain lion was discovered, within its own habitat, but near a popular hiking trail.

But apparently evacuating the public wasn't sufficient to overcome the fear of lions many Oregon officials seem to have, nor was the . . .

Mountain lion tragically killed for defending itself


3/24/2015

A mountain lion was unfortunately shot and killed by a park ranger in the employee housing area of Glacier National Park in West Glacier Saturday evening.

The incident started around 5 p.m. when the two dogs of a returning park employee unexpectedly raced out of her car and attacked a mountain lion that was lingering nearby.

One of the dogs broke off the fight and quickly retreated back to its owner who had chased after her pets. The other dog however was unable or unwilling . . .

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all the same animal!


Whatever you call America's Lion...

he's more than a trophy...
too few in numbers...
across far less habitat...
in a land with more people.

Frequently Asked Questions Answered about Mountain Lions

Linking a Cougar Decline, Trophic Cascade, and Catastrophic Regime Shift in Zion National Park

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.

Photograph of lion walking through autumn leaves.

The American Lion:
Biology and Behavior

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?
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ON AIR: Dr. Karanth on Saving Tigers

05/21/14 An Audio Interview with Julie West, MLF Broadcaster

The high stakes conservation challenges and successes impacting the endangered Bengal tiger, whose survival is threatened on many fronts.