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MOUNTAIN LIONS IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE

Help ensure a future for mountain lions in Delaware

Though mountain lions once roamed the hills and forests of Delaware, 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.

If we support mountain lion-friendly legislation, open space conservation, and preserve corridors connecting potential habitat, we could reverse this situation and bring mountain lions back home to Delaware.

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  • Return to the portal page for Delaware.

  • The status of Puma concolor in Delaware.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Delaware.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Delaware.

  • Cougar science and research in Delaware.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

SUMMARY: Cougars in the State of Delaware

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The status of Puma concolor.

Though mountain lions once roamed the hills and forests of Delaware, 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.

If we support mountain lion-friendly legislation, open space conservation, and preserve corridors connecting potential habitat, we could reverse this situation and bring mountain lions back home to Delaware.

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Mountain lion law in Delaware.

Here you will 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.

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The history of lions in the state.

Before European settlement, mountain lions once occurred throughout Delaware, and moved between Delaware and neighboring states. Ideal habitat would have occurred in the forests, hills, and along the timbered streams, but mountain lions could have persisted anywhere there was ample prey.

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 Delaware.

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Lion habitat in Delaware.

Though mountain lions once roamed the hills and forests of Delaware, 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 Delaware.

Although mountain lions may be physically capable of living in an area, human activities and attitudes could keep them from reestablishing a population there. Fragmentation, sport hunting practices, and intolerant communities can wipe out mountain lions from any area. For more data on habitat use, check out our various Science tabs.

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The science of lions in the state.

Though mountain lions once roamed the great state of Delaware, 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 Delaware.

Click on other states' Science Tabs to see the myriad of research projects being conducted by researchers from universities, state and federal agencies, non-profits, and other groups across the country.

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Take action for lions.

While laws and regulations specifically addressing mountain lions are nonexistent in Delaware, by default they are classified as protected wildlife. This makes it illegal for lions to be hunted or trapped, but it does not provide the protection they need.

Although it can be argued that mountain lions meet Delaware's "seriously threatened with extinction" criteria to be listed as an endangered species, they are not. There is no mountain lion management plan, and poaching laws offer merely a deterrent at best.

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