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Help encourage Minnesota to create a mountain lion management plan.

The Minnesota DNR lists mountain lions a species of special concern and recognizes their susceptibility to humans impacts. This protection prohibits their hunting. In fact, any individual found pouching has their current small game license revoked and is not allowed a new license for three years.
While Minnesota currently lacks a Mountain Lion Management plan, the MNDNR recognizes “potential management considerations could include ones similar to those outlined for wolves in the Minnesota Wolf Management Plan.”

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  • The status of Puma concolor in Minnesota.

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  • 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 Minnesota.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with the MNDNR Rare Species Guide on mountain lions. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the Minnesota Natural Resource Commission and ask them to:
    1. Develop a Mountain Lion Management Plan that will protect mountain lions and their habitat
    2. Offer information and training for landowners on non-consumptive techniques for dealing with potential depredation issues.
    3. Petition for mountain lions to be moved from a “species of special concern” to threatened on Minnesota’s endangered, threatened and special concern species list.
  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 for domestic animals lost to mountain lions that compensates the late owner with resources to protects their remaining assets from mountain lions.
    2. Urge them to develop anti-poaching regulations with penalties severe enough to deter any individuals desire to illegally take a mountain lion.

Long term Steps:

  1. Urge them to develop anti-poaching regulations with penalties severe enough to deter any individuals desire to illegally take a mountain lion.
  2. Request to meet with your state legislators to talk about
    1. Establishing safety corridors for mountain lions to prevent habitat fracturing and isolation.
    2. The potential management benefits that could stem from accurately recording mountain lions killed on the state’s roads.

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 Minnesota. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Commonly abbreviated as: MNDNR

Wolf and Furbearer Biologist
John Erb
1201 E. Hwy. 2
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 999-7930

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

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.