Nevada rocky cliff over desert landscape.
Photo of Don Molde speaking in Reno and Leah Sturgis smiling from podium.


Nevada's predator management projects have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars killing lions.

Nevada Department of Wildlife continues to approve dangerous lion policies. Increasing sport hunting not only threatens the future of the mountain lion population, but such disruptions have been shown to increase conflicts with domestic animals and increase predation on rare native ungulates like mule deer and bighorn sheep. Please be a voice for our lions and help reverse over a century of ecosystem destruction by opposing the hunt!

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Stop Nevada's Predator Program

Photo of lion kitten caught in leg-hold trap.
Under Nevada's mountain lion projects, the USDA Wildlife Service is paid to kill mountain lions using aerial gunning, hounds, calling, call boxes, shooting, foot-hold traps, and snares. Courtesy Born Free USA.

Nevada's Predator Management Program is a little-known state effort designed to kill bobcats, coyotes, foxes, bears and mountain lions. It's "the perfect storm" for Nevada wildlife.

The program is funded by a $3 fee that hunters pay when they buy a tag. The more hunters there are, the more money is raised to kill wildlife in addition to those animals killed by hunters.

A law was passed in 2015 that required 80% of the funds collected through the $3 predator fee be spent only on killing wildlife.

All this increased expenditure on killing wildlife is happening when Nevada wildlife is suffering in a severe drought and when those places that once were oases in the desert are now increasingly populated by people and domestic animals. Both predators and prey suffer in these conditions.

Even though — dollar for dollar — improving habitat would be more effective for protecting prey animals, the money can't be spent for that. And even though — dollar for dollar — implementing nonlethal measures would be more effective to protect domestic animals (like fencing, pens, frightening devices and other new technology) the money can't be spent for that.

The killing fund is ten times what it was in 2000, and has doubled in the last five years. The Predator Management Program will spend $1 million dollars to kill Nevada wildlife between July 2016 and June 1017.

Nevada's Mountain Lions

Mountain lions are especially hard hit by the Nevada Predator Program, even though they are dying in record numbers for many other reasons.

From July 2015 to June 2016, 5 of the 11 projects — 46% of the killing funds — target lions. July 2016 to June 2017, 5 of the 10 projects — 45% of the killing funds — target lions.

The State of Nevada will spend $350,000 to kill mountain lions over the next year, for no reason at all.

Our only chance to slow the killing is to:

  1. Ask the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners to do the right thing and reduce the hunting quota for mountain lions and bears to the statutory minimum of one hunted animal until this problem is solved. There is absolutely no excuse to continue hunting mountain lions when the state will be killing them in record numbers.
  2. Ask the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners to not approve the Predator Management Plan for 2018, on the grounds that it provides insufficient justification for killing predators under the law.
  3. In the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session, change the law to direct the $3 fee to habitat conservation and to NDOW enforcement against poachers and other wildlife crimes.

We need your help today to respectfully urge the Commissioners to take these steps. Please leave a comment and sign our petition.

But a petition will not be enough!

Even more important, write a letter to the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners and NDOW Director Wasley, asking them to take these 3 steps. Please, write today! There is no time to waste.

Mail your letter to:

Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners
and Director Tony Wasley, NDOW
6980 Sierra Center Pkwy #120
Reno, NV 89511

Ask that your comments be forwarded to the Director and all of the Commissioners, and be made part of the official record.

Please send a copy of your letter to Mountain Lion Foundation, PO Box 1896, Sacramento CA 95812, or email a copy of your letter to We will make sure that your letter reaches all of the Commissioners, as well as the Governor, who appoints the Director of NDOW. To contact the commissioners directly go to:

And attend the upcoming commission meetings. Please be respectful, anger and outrage is understandable, but discourteous communications reflect poorly on advocates for wildlife and the conservation community.

Sign the Petition: End Predator Killing Projects


Nevada's predator management projects have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars killing mountain lions and other wildlife for a decade to see if prized ungulate herds will increase. Though unsuccessful, these projects are proposed to continue in 2017. The Nevada Department of Wildlife is required to continue the killing by law unless you, the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners, and ultimately the Nevada Legislature take a stand to make a change. Please take a moment to learn more and sign our petition.

Slice of Nevada Discusses Mountain Lions

07/24/15 A Radio Interview with MLF Staff and Nevada Volunteers

MLF interview on America Matters Media's program "Slice of Nevada" to discuss mountain lion issues in the state of Nevada. Featured on this program are MLF associate director Lynn Cullens, Nevada Volunteer Field Representative Leah Sturgis, Volunteer Honey Tapley, and long time lion activist Don Molde. Listen to the podcast discussion on hunting, trapping, ecosystem impacts, and population data.

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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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Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Commonly abbreviated as: NDOW

Tony Wasley, Director

Main Office:
6980 Sierra Center Pkwy #120
Reno, NV 89511
(775) 688-1500

Wildlife Staff Specialist
Pat Jackson
6980 Sierra Center Pkwy #120
Reno, NV 89511

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

Thank NDOW 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.