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Opinion
Text: The editorial voice of the Mountain Lion Foundation.

9/10/2014

What is it that Iowa deer hunters have against mountain lions?

On December 14, 2009, while hunting deer, Raymond Goebels Jr. from Cedar Rapids, Iowa became infamous for killing the first verified mountain lion to be found in Iowa since the species was extirpated in 1867.

Now, another Iowa deer hunter is following in his footsteps.

Last Saturday evening, a 23-year-old bow-hunter was sitting up high in his tree-stand in Nebraska's Ponderosa . . .

7/17/2014

Why Won't ODFW Face Reality and Stop Killing Innocent Cougars?

The killing of a captured cougar by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) on the 4th of July was inexcusable behavior on the part of a state agency tasked with managing Oregon's wildlife for the public trust. But what may be even worse, are the outdated and scientifically disproven excuses Department officials made justifying that action.

Let's consider how this tragic . . .

6/25/2014

What a Difference 18-Months Makes

Just over a year-and-a-half ago a tragedy occurred in Half Moon Bay, a small rural community along the California coast. On December 1, 2012, two frightened, starving mountain lion kittens, cowering in a residential backyard, were shot and killed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wardens. Their deaths were the direct result of lack of equipment, training, and policies which, . . .

4/4/2014

SDGFP Denies that South Dakota's Lion Population is in Trouble

South Dakota's 2014 mountain lion hunting season for the Black Hills region is now officially over, and despite prime lion hunting conditions, a relatively small hunt area, and the sale of more than 3,200 lion tags, hunters failed, for the second year in a row, to reach the Game Commission's quota. This year only 2/3rds (52) of the allowable mountain lions were killed by South Dakota trophy . . .

3/10/2014

South Dakota's 2014 Lion Hunt Fraught with Dead Kittens and Other Illegal Activities

South Dakota's 2014 mountain lion hunting season is entering its final days with at least 47 lions killed so far in the Black Hills region alone. The details of these so-called trophy kills, released by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (SDGFP), doesn't paint a pretty picture of their state's version of "hunting," or the parties participating in it.

First off, it's now . . .

2/28/2014

South Dakota Hound-Hunters Aren't Happy With MLF

Thursday, South Dakota's Senators voted 18-14 to kill House Bill 1068, even though it had already been approved by the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the House of Representative. House Bill 1068 was a legislative measure to allow the use of hounds in mountain lion hunts outside of the Black Hills.

Even though the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission . . .

10/17/2013

Let's Check the Numbers

Its official. Nebraska has held its lottery, as well as a special auction hosted by the Nebraska Big Game Society. Now we know exactly how many Nebraskans want to hunt mountain lions and what a big money-maker for the state it really is.

The answers to those questions are not many, and not very much.

According to 2012 census data, Nebraska is home to 1.856 million residents. . . .

7/16/2013

Just Say No!

SPECIAL NOTE: An earlier version of this editorial mistakenly accused the Nebraska Department of Game and Parks of short changing the public comment period. We apologize for that error.

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On May 24th, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions decided to appease a small constituency of lion hunters and fearful rural residents and reject their staff's quota . . .

4/1/2013

It's Time!


It's time for Oregon conservationists to give up on their 1994 landmark cougar conservation initiative: Measure 18. It was a valiant attempt to rid the state of an ignoble blood sport and protect an important wildlife species, but small-minded legislators and petty bureaucrats have whittled away at what little protection Measure 18 did provide cougars. Because of them, Measure 18 has now . . .

3/20/2013

Is Oregon's Measure 18 Dead?

In 1994, Oregon's voters passed Measure 18 by an overwhelming majority. This citizen placed initiative banned the use of hounds for hunting lions and bears except in cases of public safety. Ever since its passage, legislative bills have chipped away at its minimal protection with a series of preemptive eradication programs supposedly to help keep Oregonians safe*.

The most recent was . . .