Morgan Monroe State Forest, Indiana
 

Why Won't ODFW Face Reality and Stop Killing Innocent Cougars?

The killing of a captured cougar by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) on the 4th of July was inexcusable behavior on the part of a state agency tasked with managing Oregon's wildlife for the public trust. But what may be even worse, are the outdated and scientifically disproven excuses Department officials made justifying that action.

Let's consider how this tragic situation came about.

There's plenty of evidence from similar incidents throughout the West that it's fairly common for cougars to accidentally wander into human areas. It usually happens at night. Sometimes the cougar is following a creek . . .

North Dakota's mountain lion population declining


8/21/2014

The following story was written by Brian Gehring and originally posted by the Bismark Tribune

A cooperative study with the Game and Fish Department and South Dakota State University is entering its fourth year. Data from the first three years indicates North Dakota's breeding population of mountain lions is confined to the northern portion of the Badlands.

A multi-year study tracking North Dakota's mountain lion population indicates the number of big cats is trending . . .

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

California Dreamland: Golden Gate Neighbors

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.

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.

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.