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Lessons not yet learned

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is attempting to push through a controversial "study" that would involve killing significantly more mountain lions over a five-year period to see if they can increase the mule deer population for human hunters to kill.

Over the years, this type of pseudo-science has been carried out in several western states. The excuse is that they [the state game agencies] are carrying out scientific experiments to best determine . . .

South Dakota Lion Kills Rise as Population Dwindles


2/13/2016

On February 3, 2016, news outlets in South Dakota reported that 20 mountain lions had been killed so far in the 2016 Black Hills season. 13 of the 20 were females.

Two days later a hunter in Lawrence County, South Dakota "harvested" a three-month old female kitten.

Mountain Lion Foundation is convinced that South Dakota's tiny and fragile mountain lion population is finally succumbing to the profound . . .

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all the same animal!


Whatever you call America's Lion...

he's more than a trophy...
too few in numbers...
across far less habitat...
in a land with more people.

Frequently Asked Questions Answered about Mountain Lions

Killing Mountain Lions to Grow Mule Deer

10/01/15 Guest Commentary by Marc Bekoff

Animal expert and biology professor Marc Bekoff discusses Colorado's misguided plan to kill mountain lions in the hope it will increase deer populations. Though it may seem like less predators would yield more prey, there is no science to back the state's plan. In fact, killing large numbers of mountain lions causes chaos and increases ecological problems. Please contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and urge them to vote against this plan which would cause significant and widespread collateral damage.

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The American Lion:
Biology and Behavior

Spend just eight minutes and learn little known facts about the fascinating mountain lion. Get a glimpse of how a mountain lion thinks, feels, and senses. What makes the mountain lion so adaptable to a wide variety of habitats? How does their hunting differ from that of wolves and bears? What is their relationship to the ecosystem?
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ON AIR: Marc Bekoff on Culling Lions

11/10/15 An Audio Interview with Julie West, MLF Broadcaster

Colorado's plan to hunt more lions, and why killing animals should be analyzed from an ethical perspective.

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