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Oregon still allows trapping on much of its public lands.

Mountain Lions in Oregon are losing their habitat to human development resulting in increased stress, competition, and human/lion contact. Oregon allows year-round hunting for mountain lions and the entire state is open. Only spotted kittens and mothers with spotted kittens present are protected from hunting.

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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 Oregon.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Oregon hunting and wildlife policies. Reach out to the Moutain Lion Foundation and wildlife experts. Then attend relevant town, commission and council meetings and ask them to:
    1. Develop a Mountain Lion Management Plan that will protect mountain lion habitat
    2. Call for a habitat impact assessment to be conducted prior to expanding human development
    3. Demand an economic analysis of taxpayer costs involved in state mountain lion kills
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions in Oregon? Write to them:
    1. Request to shorten the mountain lion hunting season
    2. Request the removal of mountain lions from game species classification
    3. Ask them to ensure non-lethal steps are required to remove or deter mountain lions from damaging property before considering lethal action.
    4. Demand a stop to the use of hounds and artificial light when hunting lions.

Long term Steps:

  1. Request to meet with your state legislators to talk about developing a liability initiative to incentivize or require owners be take certain measures to protect their pets or livestock from mountain lions.
Graph of human-caused lion mortality in OR.

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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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Oregon Department of Game and Fish.

Commonly abbreviated as: ODFW

Curt Melcher, Director

Main Office:
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302
(503) 947-6000

Carnivore-Furbearer Coordinator
Derek Broman
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302
(530) 947-6095

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

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.