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6/5/2018

28 Years of Mountain Lion Protection in CA!

On June 5, 1990, California voters passed Proposition 117, also known as the California Wildlife Protection Act, which outlawed the hunting of mountain lions and required that a minimum $30 million be spent annually to protect wildlife habitat in California. Proposition 117 became California Fish and Game Code 4800-4809.


Since 1990, there have been 4 amendments to the law and 1 inquiry into the Mountain Lion Depredation, Public Safety, and Animal Welfare Policy:


1999 - AB 560 amended Section 4801 to allow mountain lions to be killed for preying on endangered big horn sheep.

2011 - SB 769 amended Section 4800 to allow deceased lions to be used for educational purposes.

2012 - AB 1784 added Section 4810 to authorize humane mountain lion research and transparency.

2013 - SB 132 added Section 4801.5 which requires non-lethal measures to be used to resolve public safety situations when a lion is not acting aggressively.

2016 - AB 8 led to an inquiry into the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Mountain Lion Depredation, Public Safety, and Animal Welfare Policy.

2017 - CDFW published an amendedment to the Mountain Lion Depredation, Public Safety, and Animal Welfare Policy to provide additional protection to endangered mountain lion populations in Southern California. The Policy requires three-tier stepwise process for issuing depredation permits:

First Depredation Event

  • CDFW must confirm depredation as that by a mountain lion.
  • Non-lethal depredation permit to pursue/haze the depredating mountain lion shall be issued. It shall explicitly indicate that no mountain lion shall be intentionally killed during pursuit.
  • Education by CDFW regarding mountain lion behavior, carcass removal, proper fencing and/or enclosures for livestock, brush clearing, and how to remove lion attractants from property.

Second Depredation Event

  • CDFW must confirm depredation as that by a mountain lion AND responding party must show that all reasonable preventative measures recommended by CDFW at time of first depredation event were met.
  • Existing non-lethal depredation permit to pursue/haze the depredating mountain lion shall be amended, or new non-lethal permit shall be issued. It shall explicitly indicate that no mountain lion shall be intentionally killed during pursuit.

Third Depredation Event

  • CDFW must confirm depredation as that by a mountain lion AND responding party must show that all reasonable preventative measures required in the existing permit(s) were implemented AND responding party requests a lethal permit, the Department shall issue a depredation permit to lethally remove the depredating mountain lion.

View our California Depredation Map which illustrates the critical need for this change in policy.

A special Thank You to all of our members and volunteers. Without your help and support, this success would not have been possible!


We have had 28 years of mountain lion protection in California, but mountain lions continue to need protection throughout their range.

Nebraska mountain lions need your help! A recent study found the population of mountain lions in Nebraska to be approximately 60 individuals, including kittens. In response, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has proposed a mountain lion hunt. The population in Nebraska'is too small to sustain a hunt. Speak up for Nebraska's lions!

Thank you for being a voice for mountain lions!





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