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

4/6/2015

Debunking the myth hunters are the only true conservationists

It's a myth commonly voiced by hunters that they finance wildlife conservation in America through their hunting fees and the tax dollars paid for ammunition and other equipment purchases.

That worn out fairytale resurfaced again recently when a contributor to MLF's Facebook page challenged "all of you so called world savers to match even half the dollars we hunters contribute to . . .

4/3/2015

South Dakota's game agency "experts" refuse to admit lion population is dwindling

Despite just finishing one of the state's worse lion hunting seasons since its inauguration in 2005, the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department (SDGFP) still claims that there are at least 240 mountain lions residing in the Black Hills hunting district.

For the past decade, South Dakota's Game Commission has set - what many experts believe to be - excessively high hunting quotas for . . .

4/1/2015

California Fish and Wildlife does it right again: Another lion saved!

Last Friday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) demonstrated to the rest of the country that non-aggressive mountain lions are NOT a threat to the public's safety, and do not have to be killed just because they have come into contact with humans.

In this particular incident, the lion was not found within its own habitat, as was the situation only a day later in the . . .

3/30/2015

Oregon's lethal lion management policy: Intolerance disguised as public safety

Once again Oregon authorities have killed a mountain lion near Bend, Oregon. However, this time the killers were members of the Bend Police Department.

Saturday afternoon, Bend police officers evacuated the public from the area near Pilot Butte - a 500-foot-tall extinct cinder cone volcano - shortly after a mountain lion was discovered, within its own habitat, but near a popular . . .

1/16/2015

South Dakota determined to kill all the lions they can

Yesterday, at about the same time neighboring Nebraska was deciding not to hunt their limited number of mountain lions, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission was voting to allow hunters the use of hounds to catch and kill the few lions that make it out of the Black Hills hunting district alive.

This action came about as a result of a petition submitted by the South Dakota . . .

1/13/2015

Oregon Fish and Wildlife still telling lies to promote its lion hunting agenda

A hundred years ago Oregon, like other western states, took a harsh and draconian attitude towards wildlife. If it wasn't beneficial or it inconvenienced special interest groups steps were taken to eradicate the nuisance wildlife. This was accepted by society at that time as a proper and necessary action. But times have changed and mankind's understanding of ecological balance and the wildlife . . .

12/29/2014

South Dakota's 2015 mountain lion slaughter begins with three kills

According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department website, three mountain lions - one 10-year old male, and two females (5 and 8-years-old) - have already been killed in the Black Hills hunting district since the 2015 lion hunting season started on the day after Christmas.

Despite failing to reach lasts year's mortality goal, and in order to avoid public opposition, South . . .

11/26/2014

Little to Fear: Save Fear Itself

Man has always feared the unknown. Even now, with our dominion over nature many are frightened of wild creatures that might kill and eat humans. If you asked someone what animal frightens them the most, chances are sharks, wolves, and mountain lions will be near the top of their list.

It's that fear, what some might even call irrational, that appears to fuel many of the management . . .

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 . . .