On December 11th, staff from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Mountain Lion Foundation headed to Sacramento to deliver a public comment to the California Fish & Game Commission on behalf of our California Endangered Species Act (CESA) petition.
Our petition to list an evolutionarily significant unit of mountain lions in southern and central coastal California as threatened or endangered under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) was submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Mountain Lion Foundation on June 25th of this year.
Under CESA, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will give an initial recommendation to the California Fish and Game Commission, which will then take a first vote on the petition at a public hearing later in 2020.
J.P. Rose from the Center for Biological Diversity addressed the members of the commission first.
Next, the Mountain Lion Foundation’s Conservation Specialist, Korinna Domingo, presented new scientific research to the commission.
For now, we wait. The Mountain Lion Foundation is confident that we can rely upon the expertise of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to carry through a thorough review of the petition and newly published research in the coming weeks. We are hopeful that they will be persuaded that the petitioned action is warranted.
We are proud to partner with the Center as co-petitioners, and are glad to have their help as we embark on a long journey (up to two years!) to list the lion as threatened or endangered. We'll need your help too, writing letters, signing petitions, and continuing your financial support of the Foundation so that we can further this work. We will continue to update you on the status of the petition as we move forward.
For more information on the petition, visit our CESA landing page at: