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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 to stop the expensive slaughter.

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

Phone: (775) 688-1599
Fax: (775) 688-1207

The Nevada 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. May 13 & 14, 2016: 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. June 24 & 25, 2016: Ask the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners to not approve the 2017 Predator Management Plan, 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 above.

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.

Pie chart showing lions killed from 2000-2014 with 73% sport hunt, 12% depredation, 4% other and 11% predator removal projects.

Mail your letter to:

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

Phone: (775) 688-1599
Fax: (775) 688-1207

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: May 13 and 14 in Reno, June 24 and 25 in Elko.

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

What YOU Can Do!

    Sign the petition and attend the Commission Meetings to oppose Predator Management Projects.

    Even better, send a personal letter or email too, or telephone the Nevada Wildlife Commissioners at the addresses and phone numbers listed here. Let's flood their lines with calls from around the world saying WILDLIFE BELONGS TO THE WORLD!

  3. SHARE this alert with everyone you know on Facebook.

    • These predator projects don't increase ungulate numbers.
    • The money in this fund could be better spent.
    • Sport hunting of lions must be stopped if these projects continue.

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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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