The American Lion is known by at least 85 different names; puma, cougar, panther, painter, catamount, mountain lion, and so on. An elusive creature, our lions live lonely lives on territories that often exceed one hundred square miles in size. Once ranging freely throughout most of North and South America, by the beginning of the 20th Century lions had been extirpated by humans from nearly every state east of the Rockies, and were on the brink of extinction across the entire United States by the early 1960s. While lion population levels have since rebounded within some western states, the species still faces extermination in those areas where human development is greatest.
The Mountain Lion Foundation is dedicated to building a set of web pages which will reflect the status, law, history, habitat, and actions needed for every state where mountain lion populations currently reside.
For an overview you may wish to view A Timeline of Bounty and Sport Hunting of Mountain Lions in the United States or our poster Where Do We Go From Here? a graphic depiction of America's mountain lion history.
To visit any of the states for which we have already compiled information, click on the state or state flags below. If your state is not listed, thank you for your patience.