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MOUNTAIN LIONS IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA

Help ensure a future for mountain lions in Alabama

Though mountain lions once roamed the great state of Alabama, human persecution has eliminated them from its hills and forests. Since there is no mountain lion population to study, there is no current research in Alabama.


Check out other state pages to see the research papers, agency reports, news articles, legal documents, and other documents addressing mountian lions in those states.

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  • The status of Puma concolor in Alabama.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Alabama.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Alabama.

  • Cougar science and research in Alabama.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

SUMMARY: Cougars in the State of Alabama

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The status of Puma concolor.

Though mountain lions once roamed the hills and forests of Alabama, persecution at the hands of humans has driven them locally extinct in the state. Fear and misinformation were the main forces driving this extirpation. But attitudes have changed since the early 1900s and there's hope for the future.

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Mountain lion law in Alabama.

To find all the governing state statutes, mountain lion legal status, state laws, information about the state legislature, initiative and referendum processes, and the state wildlife agency, mountain lion management plans, mountain lion hunting laws, depredation laws, and other regulations as appropriate, follow the link below.

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The history of lions in the state.

Direct persecution, conversion of wildlands to agriculture and human development, roads and highways, and other forms of habitat loss all contributed to the decline and ultimate extirpation of mountain lions in Alabama.

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Lion habitat in Alabama.

Though mountain lions once roamed the hills and forests of Alabama, persecution at the hands of humans drove them locally extinct. If we support open space conservation and preserve corridors connecting potential habitat, we could reverse this situation and bring mountain lions back home to Alabama.

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The science of lions in the state.

Though mountain lions once roamed the great state of Alabama, human persecution has eliminated them from its hills and forests. With no mountain lion population to study, there isn't any current research to report in Alabama.

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Take action for lions.

Although Alabama does not permit mountain lion trapping or hunting, they are classified as a game species. Alabama does not maintain an endangered species list separate from the Federal USFWS list. However, Alabama's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy lists mountain lions as a species of greatest conservation need.

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