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Don't increase the quota in Colorado!

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has released their proposal for the upcoming 2018-2019 mountain lion trophy hunting season. CPW has recommended increasing the overall quota from 654 to 677 mountain lions that can be killed by hunters!

Currently, CPW experts estimate the total mountain lion population in Colorado to be between 3500 - 4500 individuals. This estimate includes kittens. Approximately 2345 to 3015 of these individuals would be sub-adults or adults and could be targeted by hunters.

Allowing hunters to potentially kill up to 677 mountain lions is unsustainable and could lead to an increase in conflicts with people, pets, and livestock. Trophy hunting mountain lions damages their social structure and hastens local extinction. Mountain lion populations are self-regulating - limited by access to food, shelter and access to mates - and need not be managed.

Continued overhunting of mountain lions can lead to population decline, instability and decline in overall ecosystem health, increased overgrazing by deer and elk, an increase in conflicts with humans and decreased kitten survival which leads to further population decline. A recent study published by Panthera's researchers suggests that delaying hunting seasons until December 1 will help increase kitten survival in the event that the mother is killed by hunters.

Research has also indicated that hunting no more than 12-14% of a mountain lion population would allow for stability, while decreasing the likelihood of conflicts with humans and domestic animals. Lowering the limit to 10% of the known population would allow for a buffer for other types of human-caused mortality including roadway collisions, incidental trapping or snaring, poaching and retaliatory killings.

Here's what you need to do:

Don't wait! Take action today! More mountain lions are being killed today by trophy hunters than when bounties were being issued for the big cats.

It is absolutely that critical that you submit your comments today! In your letter, please remember to be polite, but emphasize that:

    • Hunting is an ineffective and unnecessary way to manage mountain lion populations.
    • Mountain lion populations are self-regulating.
    • Delaying the start of the hunting season until December 1 could help to avoid the orphaning and deaths of countless kittens.
    • The best available science shows that overhunting mountain lion populations is unsustainable.
    • Sport hunting will trigger more conflicts between mountain lions and domestic animals.
    • Instead of increasing the quota, the Commission should consider decreasing the number of mountain lions that may be killed.

Submit your comments electronically by noon on September 3 to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission:

The Commission will meet September 6-7 to make its decision on the proposed increase. You can find the agenda for the meeting by clicking here. The address for the meeting is as follows:

    Colorado Mountain College
    Morgridge Commons Meeting and Conference Center
    815 Cooper Ave.
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

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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.



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