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Help mountain lions return to this great state!

Though no mountain lions remain today, Maryland had a thriving population historically. At the present, mountain lions in Maryland are classified as a nongame mammal and listed as an endangered extirpated species. These classifications protect cougars from being trapped for fur or hunted. Despite these protections, penalties for killing the rare mountain lion that makes it to Maryland are very low. It is a misdemeanor to kill endangered species, which may not provide adequate protection for these commonly misunderstood animal.

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  • How you can take action to help!

Here's what you can do:

Immediate Steps:

  1. Build a coalition to learn from and educate people on how to peacefully coexist with the mountain lion population.
  2. Contribute a positive voice. Write a letter to your local newspaper expressing your excitement about local mountain lions and your views on the importance of protecting them.
  3. Distribute educational information on how residents can protect their pets and livestock. Consider animal shelters, veterinary clinics, 4H clubs, Scouting organizations, FFA, shooting clubs, and any other pertinent public locations as potential outlets.
  4. Email and suggest local officials friendly to mountain lion conservation in Maryland.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Subtitle 03, “Wildlife” of Title 08, “Department of Natural Resources,” of the Code of Maryland Regulations. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission and ask them to:
    1. Develop a mountain lion management, recovery, or reintroduction plan that will protect mountain lions and their habitat
    2. Offer information and training for landowners on non-consumptive techniques for dealing with potential depredation issues.
    3. Revise anti-poaching regulations to impose penalties severe enough to deter any individuals desire to illegally take a mountain lion.
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions? Write to them:
    1. Implore them to begin an effort to establish depredation regulations that require the exhaustive use non-lethal strategies.
    2. Propose a government-funded reimbursement program for domestic animals lost to mountain lions that compensates the late owner with resources to protect their remaining assets.

Long term Steps:

  1. Request to meet with your state legislators to talk about
    1. Developing a liability initiative to incentivize or require owners to take certain measures to protect pets and livestock from mountain lions.
    2. The potential management benefits that could stem from accurately recording mountain lions killed on the state’s roads.
    3. Establishing safety corridors for mountain lions to prevent habitat fracturing and isolation.

ON AIR: Phil Carter - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

03/19/13 An Audio Interview with Julie West, MLF Broadcaster

In this edition of our audio podcast ON AIR, MLF Volunteer Julie West interviews mountain lion program manager Phil Carter of Animal Protection of Maryland. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Maryland Department of Game and Fish will go to to disregard the public, bury scientific research, and ignore all common sense. Trying to protect mountain lions in Maryland and incorporate the best science into management has turned into a game of one step forward, two steps back.

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Becoming a Mountain Lion Activist

There are lots of opportunities to take action!

Are you new to mountain lion activism? You want to change your local environment to improve it for cougars... but you don't know how to start. You may feel like you are all alone... but it takes just one person to change the attitudes and lifestyles of hundreds of others. You don't need to belong to a group. It doesn't take special skills or superhuman abilities. You just need to care enough about cougars to want to help them survive. You've already done the hard part, now let us help you with the next step.

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Commonly abbreviated as: MDDNR

Wildlife and Heritage Service
Glenn D. Therres, Associate Director
580 Taylor Avenue E-1
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 260-8572

Please write to the director and express your concern for lions in Maryland.

Thank the agency when they take steps to protect our state's cougars. When they fall short of expectations, politely ask for policy reform and more officer training.