The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission met on June 19 in Helena, Montana to discuss the proposed increases in quotas in hunt districts 530, 560, and 590. Unfortunately, the commission voted to approve the proposed increases as they were presented. For more information, you can listen to the meeting here.
We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our supporters who took the time to submit comments to the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission. Thank you for taking the time to be a voice for America's lion.
This public comment period is now closed! Final action will be taken at the Commission meeting in June. If you live in Montana, please attend this meeting and speak up for mountain lions! The meeting will take place at Montana FWP Headquarters in Helena.
More information will be provided as it becomes available. You can check for meeting and agenda updates by clicking here.
Montana FWP made the determination to increase quotas in
certain units because of "human tolerance, safety,
prey populations, and hunter opportunity." Yet,
researchers have found that high quotas actually lead
to increased conflicts with people, pets, and livestock.
Studies have shown that attempts to control mountain
lion populations through hunting do not benefit prey species
like mule deer. Instead, overhunting may have the opposite effect!
Rather than continue to push quotas higher and higher, Montana FWP should adhere to the best available science and reduce quotas statewide to a maximum of 10-12%. In doing so, they will be taking great strides in reducing conflicts with these magnificent cats.
It is absolutely that critical that you submit your comments today! In your comment, please remember to be polite, but emphasize that:
Thank YOU for taking the time to be a voice for mountain lions!
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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.