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MOUNTAIN LIONS IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

Help ensure a future for mountain lions in Mississippi

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

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  • The status of Puma concolor in Mississippi.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Mississippi.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Mississippi.

  • Cougar science and research in Mississippi.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

SUMMARY: Cougars in the State of Mississippi

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The status of Puma concolor.

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

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Mountain lion law in Mississippi.

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 Mississippi, and moved between Mississippi 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 Mississippi.

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Lion habitat in Mississippi.

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

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The science of lions in the state.

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

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Take action for lions.

The state of Mississippi has a somewhat schizophrenic relationship with mountain lions. On the one hand, the state protects the Florida panther, a subspecies of mountain lions, an endangered species. On the other hand, it lists all other mountain lions as an "inherently dangerous" animal. Mississippi's official list of endangered species is reviewed every two years by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. This review presents an opportunity to expand the listing of the Florida Panther subspecies to include mountain lions more generally. Help protect all pumas in the state.

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