Morgan Monroe State Forest, Indiana

Lessons not yet learned

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is attempting to push through a controversial "study" that would involve killing significantly more mountain lions over a five-year period to see if they can increase the mule deer population for human hunters to kill.

Over the years, this type of pseudo-science has been carried out in several western states. The excuse is that they [the state game agencies] are carrying out scientific experiments to best determine . . .

South Dakota drops lion hunting quota to 60


The South Dakota Game Commission voted over the weekend to reduce the 2016 Black Hills mountain lion hunting quota to 60 lions from the previous year's 75.

Some conservationists see this action as a first move by the Commission in recognizing that the lion population in the Black Hills has been over hunted. Opponents claim that the last two years of dismal hunting results are more a factor of bad hunting . . .

mountain lion cougar puma catamount panther
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

Killing Mountain Lions to Grow Mule Deer

10/01/15 Guest Commentary by Marc Bekoff

Animal expert and biology professor Marc Bekoff discusses Colorado's misguided plan to kill mountain lions in the hope it will increase deer populations. Though it may seem like less predators would yield more prey, there is no science to back the state's plan. In fact, killing large numbers of mountain lions causes chaos and increases ecological problems. Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and urge them to vote against this plan which would cause significant and widespread collateral damage.

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?
Photograph of two autumn leaves, green and bright crimson.

Slice of Nevada Discusses Mountain Lions

07/24/15 A Radio Interview with MLF Staff and Nevada Volunteers

Current issues facing lions in Nevada, including hunting, trapping, impacts on ecosystems, and population data.