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MOUNTAIN LIONS IN THE STATE OF INDIANA

Help ensure a future for mountain lions in Indiana

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

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  • The status of Puma concolor in Indiana.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Indiana.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Indiana.

  • Cougar science and research in Indiana.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

SUMMARY: Cougars in the State of Indiana

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The status of Puma concolor.

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

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Mountain lion law in Indiana.

In the box below 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 Indiana, and moved between Indiana 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 Indiana.

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Lion habitat in Indiana.

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

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The science of lions in the state.

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

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Take action for lions.

Indiana classifies mountain lions an exotic mammal. Although mountain lions meet the state's legal requirements to be listed as an endangered or threatened species, they are not currently listed as either. However, Indiana's wildlife regulations prohibit the take of exotic mammals, therefore, hunting and trapping mountain lions is not allowed. That is, unless the animal is damaging property or endangering humans. Additionally, in the interest of native species, Indiana's wildlife regulations allow mountain lions to be killed in defense of native wild animals.

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