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National Wildlife Refuges at Risk

****NOTE: The government is using the beta site on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month, making it more difficult for people to comment. The link below will take you directly to the docket on Tuesdays and Thursdays: https://beta.regulations.gov/document/FWS-HQ-NWRS-2020-0013-0001 To go directly to the comment page, use this link: https://beta.regulations.gov/comment/FWS-HQ-NWRS-2020-0013-0001 Please note, if you decide to comment any other day of the week, the original links below will work...

Voter-Designated Funds to Help Acquire and Link Critical Wildlife Habitat

California mountain lions and other wildlife will benefit from a round of projects recently approved by the Wildlife Conservation Board. Projects include land acquisitions, habitat restorations, and improved access to critical wildlife territories - much of it funded through the 30-year-old Habitat Conservation Fund (HCF). At its May 20 meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved $36...


We need your help today on two issues that are vitally important to wildlife in California: The Habitat Conservation Fund (HCF) is under attack. After voting to extend it for 10 years just last year, the Administration has placed a bill before the legislature that would end it permanently. The Administration has also presented a budget for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that is woefully under-funded and relies on taking money that would have gone to the Habitat Conservation Fund in order to fund ongoing CDFW programs...

Humboldt County Agrees to Prioritize Nonlethal Solutions to Urban Wildlife Conflict

EUREKA, Calif. - In response to advocacy by the Mountain Lion Foundation and other animal protection and conservation groups, Humboldt County today approved a new contract with the federal wildlife killing program, Wildlife Services, that will result in far fewer native species being killed. The contract requires Wildlife Services to adopt numerous reforms, including placing a priority on nonlethal mitigation measures for wildlife complaints in urban and suburban areas...

California Moves to Protect Imperiled Mountain Lion Populations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Mountain Lion Foundation, the California Fish and Game Commission voted 5-0 today to advance Southern California and Central Coast mountain lions to candidacy under the state's Endangered Species Act. The vote follows a February 2020 finding by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) that increased protections may be warranted...

Judge Blocks California Development That Threatens Santa Ana Mountain Lions

TEMECULA, Calif. - In a victory over a development that could doom local mountain lions, a judge issued a scathing ruling against the proposed 270-acre Altair development in Western Riverside County in California. Judge Daniel Ottolia found that the development's environmental review failed to properly account for impacts to imperiled Santa Ana mountain lions. The ruling also found that the development was not consistent with Temecula's general plan or a regional habitat conservation plan...

Washington cougars need your help!

Washington State's cougars - mountain lions - need your help today. Special interests have convinced the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to consider new rules regarding cougar hunting in Washington. The Fish and Wildlife Commission is going to vote on one of four options, or it could vote to not change anything. "Option 1 Status quo median density" is the least onerous choice that citizens are asked to choose from, the other three options will greatly increase the number of cats that hunters can kill...

COVID-19 Notice

Dear Friends of America's Lion, The Mountain Lion Foundation cares about our staff and our communities and we understand the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on us all. We are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the collective safety of our staff and our local citizens by closing our office in Sacramento, CA and allowing our staff to work from home with flexible schedules. Our staff and Board are examining our campaigns and programs and the rest of the work we do to protect America's lion...

California's Mountain Lions Receive Further Protection

In a welcome move to protect California's mountain lions, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) expanded the boundary of the three strikes mountain lion depredation policy, effective February 13, 2020. Originally adopted in 2017, the policy requires landowners that have had pets or livestock attacked to first try non-lethal means to deter mountain lions from future attacks of their domestic animals...

Hope for California's Southern and Central Coast Mountain Lions

Current protections under California law couldn't save P-56, the first lion killed under the States three strikes law, yet there is now hope that P-56 didn't die in vain. The Petition to list California's mountain lion under the California endangered species act (CESA) was jointly filed in June of 2019 by the Mountain Lion Foundation and the Center for Biological Diversity and now the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has taken the bold step to recommended that the California mountain lion, from Santa Cruz to the Mexico border move closer to protection under CESA...


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