UPDATE! AB 101 WAS VETOED BY GOVERNOR SANDOVAL.
Despite passing both Houses of the Nevada Legislature Governor Sandoval vetoed AB 101 on May 25, 2017. While we, and the Nevada Legislature, disagree with his veto we present below the message that Governor Sandoval gave for vetoing AB 101.
Nevada spends millions of dollars killing mountain lions and other wildlife for "predator control" to provide more deer to hunters. But it doesn't work. AB 101 would have changed this. Despite the veto of AB 101 we will continue working to protect mountain lions and other wildlife in Nevada!
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, added atop the trophy hunting, depredation killing, and losses to trapping and poisons. 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 2015 law requires 80% of the $3 predator fee be spent only on killing predators, even though the record of the program itself demonstrates very clearly that it does not work.
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 doubled in the last five years. The Predator Management Program will spend $1 million dollars to kill Nevada wildlife in 2017.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife is required to continue the killing by law unless you and the Nevada Legislature take a stand to make a change. Instead of focusing on killing predators, which only serves to disrupt their populations, damage ecosystems and increase conflicts with people, the goals of Assembly Bill 101
- Fund wildlife habitat conservation, education and research,
- Focus on those programs that truly enhance big game populations, and
- Create opportunities to match existing funds with federal dollars for nonlethal programs.
And AB 101 would have allowed Nevada Department of Wildlife scientists and managers to use hunter fees to produce the "biggest bang for the buck". Well-informed sportsmen in Nevada are standing with us to support this legislation. Only those extremists who do not understand the underlying science, who are playing on politics, or who simply think the only good predator is a dead predator are in opposition.
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About the Mountain Lion Foundation
The Mountain Lion Foundation, founded in 1986, is a national nonprofit organization protecting mountain lions and their habitat.
We believe that mountain lions are in peril.
Our nation is on the verge of destroying this apex species upon which whole ecosystems depend. Hunting mountain lions is morally unjustified, and killing lions to prevent conflicts is ineffective and dangerous.
There is a critical need to know more about the biology, behavior, and ecology of mountain lions, and governments should base decisions upon truthful science, valid data, and the highest common good. Conserving critical lion habitat is essential.