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03/20/2020

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. Options 2, 3, and 4 have no support from scientific research, whereas Option 1 is closest to biologists' recommendations.

Please take a moment today to send an email to wildthing@dfw.wa.gov and state in your own words that you prefer the Commission to either choose Option 1, or leave the cougar hunting rules as they are by taking no action. One or two sentences will be enough. However, if you do not indicate Option 1 as preferred, your email might be classified as non-responsive and disregarded. Please take a moment now to submit your email.

Mountain Lion Foundation is working actively behind the scenes in Washington State to reduce or eliminate cougar hunting. We are forced to request our supporters support Option 1 to prevent far more cougars from being slaughtered in the near future. The comments on the proposed changes closes shortly which is why we ask that you take a few minutes now to email wildthing@dfw.wa.gov and indicate Option 1 as your choice.

Comments are due by March 31.

Written comments can also be mailed to:

WDFW Wildlife Program
PO Box 43200
Olympia, WA 98504

You can read WDFW's detailed cougar proposals here.

Visit our Washington campaign page for more information on our efforts in the state:

MountainLion.org/Washington

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