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Help ensure a future for mountain lions in South Carolina.

Mountain lions once roamed the forests and hills of the great state of South Carolina. Unfortunately, systemic persecution by humans drove them locally extinct over a hundred years ago. Currently, mountain lions are classified as a non-game species and listed as an endangered species in South Carolina. As such, if a mountain lion were to disperse into the state, trapping or hunting that animal would be illegal within the state.

Help us raise support for a potential future population of mountain lions in the state.

  • Return to the portal page for South Carolina.

  • The status of Puma concolor in South Carolina.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in South Carolina.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in South Carolina.

  • Cougar science and research in South Carolina.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • 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 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 likely to be friendly to mountain lion conservation in South Carolina.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Chapter 123: Department of Natural Resources, in the South Carolina Code of Regulations as it pertains to mountain lions. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Board and ask them to:
    1. Develop a Mountain Lion Management Plan to protect mountain lions and their habitat
    2. Offer information and training for landowners on non-consumptive techniques for dealing with potential depredation issues.
    3. Consider regulations addressing mountain lion depredation that require the use of non-lethal strategies.
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions? Write to them:
    1. Propose a government-funded compensation program for domestic animals lost to mountain lions that compensates the late owner with resources to protect their remaining assets from mountain lions.
    2. Urge them to develop new anti-poaching regulations with penalties severe enough to dissuade any individuals desire to illegally take a mountain lion.

Long term Steps:

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

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 South Carolina. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the South Carolina 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 South Carolina and incorporate the best science into management has turned into a game of one step forward, two steps back.

Click here to view our Activist Guide...

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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South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Commonly abbreviated as: SCDNR

Alvin Taylor, Director

South Carolina Department
of Natural Resources
Rembert C. Dennis Building
1000 Assembly St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-4020

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

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.