Lush river Inlet to Payette Lake in Idaho at sunrise.
  Photo Courtesy of:
  Charles Knowles / The Knowles Gallery
Photo of landsacape.


Say no to long seasons and high quotas.

Idaho's mountain lion hunting season is ten months long and hunters can purchase multiple tags in a single year. In 2014 alone, 464 lions were harvested in Idaho. In some regions, electronic calls can be used to aid in the success of the hunt. Nonresidents hunting deer or elk in Idaho, can apply those tags to mountain lion takes. Additionally, Idaho's lax hound hunting regulations produce high annual mountain lion takes. There is no limit on the number of hound hunting permits residents may receive and hounds may lawfully harass, attack and even kill mountain lions during open season.

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  • The status of Puma concolor in Idaho.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Idaho.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Idaho.

  • Cougar science and research in Idaho.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

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 Idaho.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Idaho’s Mountain Lion Management Plan. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend relevant town, commission and council meetings and ask them to:
    1. Call for a habitat impact assessment to be conducted prior to expanding human development.
    2. Begin including lions killed for depredation purposes and road kills in unit harvest and quote measurements.
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions in Idaho? Write to them:
    1. Request the mountain lion hunting season be shortened, it is the longest of any surrounding state
    2. Plea for officials to put an end to the use of electronic calls
    3. Ask them to ensure non-lethal steps are required to remove or deter mountain lions from damaging property (livestock, pets) before considering lethal action.

Long term Steps:

  1. Request to meet with your state legislators to talk about severely restricting or ending hound hunting in Idaho.
  2. Write to state officials and urge them to revise the Predator Control program to focus on the responsible managements of healthy, sustainable lion population over preserving a “healthy game population for hunting, fishing, [and] trapping.”

    Graph of human-caused lion mortality in ID.

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 Idaho. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Idaho 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 Idaho 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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Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

Commonly abbreviated as: IFGC

Ed Schriever, Director

Main Office:
600 S. Walnut
Boise, ID 83712
(505) 476-8000

Large Carnivore Staff Biologist

Jim Hayden

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

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.