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Preventing encounters and depredation opportunities must happen now.

In Connecticut mountain lions are classified as a potentially dangerous animal. Additionally, the are listed as a species of special concern under Connecticut endangered species law. This listing protects them from being hunted or trapped for fur.

Poaching law in the State of Connecticut provides some legal protection for mountain lions, but it is unlikely that penalties are sufficiently harsh to keep poachers from poaching again.

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Here's what you can do:

Immediate Steps:

  1. Build a coalition to learn from and educate people on how to peacefully coexist with the mountain lion population.
  2. Contribute a positive voice. Write a letter to your local newspaper expressing your excitement about local mountain lions and your views on the importance of protecting them.
  3. Distribute educational information on how residents can protect their pets and livestock. Consider animal shelters, veterinary clinics, 4H clubs, Scouting organizations, FFA, shooting clubs, and any other pertinent public locations as potential outlets.
  4. Email and suggest local officials friendly to mountain lion conservation in Connecticut.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Title 26 – Fisheries and Game in the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies as it pertains to mountain lions. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and ask them to:
    1. Develop a Mountain Lion Management Plan to protect mountain lions and their habitat
    2. Offer information and training for landowners on non-consumptive techniques for preventing depredation issues.
    3. Consider requiring the exhaustive use of non-lethal strategies to address existing depredation issues before turning to more permanent options as a last resort.
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions? Write to them:
    1. Propose a government-funded compensation program that provides owners with resources to protect their remaining animals as return for their loss.
    2. Urge them to develop new anti-poaching regulations with penalties severe enough to dissuade any individuals desire to illegally take a mountain lion.

Long term Steps:

  1. Request to meet with your state legislators to talk about
    1. Establishing safety corridors for mountain lions to prevent encounters, habitat fracturing and isolation.
    2. The potential management benefits that could stem from accurately recording mountain lions killed on the state’s roads.
    3. Developing a liability initiative to incentivize or require owners to take certain measures to protect pets and livestock from mountain lions.

ON AIR: Phil Carter - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

03/19/13 An Audio Interview with Julie West, MLF Broadcaster

In this edition of our audio podcast ON AIR, MLF Volunteer Julie West interviews mountain lion program manager Phil Carter of Animal Protection of Connecticut. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Connecticut Department of Game and Fish will go to to disregard the public, bury scientific research, and ignore all common sense. Trying to protect mountain lions in Connecticut and incorporate the best science into management has turned into a game of one step forward, two steps back.

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Becoming a Mountain Lion Activist

There are lots of opportunities to take action!

Are you new to mountain lion activism? You want to change your local environment to improve it for cougars... but you don't know how to start. You may feel like you are all alone... but it takes just one person to change the attitudes and lifestyles of hundreds of others. You don't need to belong to a group. It doesn't take special skills or superhuman abilities. You just need to care enough about cougars to want to help them survive. You've already done the hard part, now let us help you with the next step.

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Rick Jacobson, Director

Main Office:
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 424-3011

Bear Biologist
Jason Hawley
Connecticut Wildlife Division
Sessions Woods WMA
PO Box 1559
Burlington, CT 06013
(860) 675-8130

Please write to the director and express your concern for lions in Connecticut.

Thank the agency when they take steps to protect our state's cougars. When they fall short of expectations, politely ask for policy reform and more officer training.