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

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 . . .

3/14/2013

Myth Busters: Why Hunting Lions with Hounds isn't Necessarily Better

Hound hunters are always bring up the "selectivity" option when touting the merits of using hounds to hunt mountain lions. They claim that the use of hounds COULD reduce the number of females killed and, subsequently the number of kittens orphaned because unlike "boot" hunters "they" have the ability to observe the animals from close up and of course will only kill those that would be considered . . .

1/24/2013

Nebraska's Second Chance

After an absence of more than a hundred years, mountain lions are slowly returning to parts of their historic range. Some lion populations, such as the one located in the Black Hills of South Dakota are uniquely positioned to help repopulate the Midwestern states of Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa. Unfortunately pro-lion hunting interests are already making sure that does not . . .

12/26/2012

Let the Killing Begin!

It's the day after Christmas, and South Dakota's lion hunters - all 4,000 or so of them - are enjoying the present South Dakota's Game, Fish and Parks Commission gave them: an early and expanded lion hunting season.

This year, so as to not frustrate all those impatient lion hunters that received new guns or hunting equipment in their Christmas stockings, the Commission moved opening . . .

11/8/2012

Something is Rotten in the State of South Dakota

Once again it's proving to be very unsafe to be a mountain lion in South Dakota where the state game agency that should be protecting the species appears to be too ready to accept any excuse to "prove" that the department's actions to reduce the already pitifully small population is justified.

The most recent occurrence happened last Monday night when a resident in the small rural . . .

10/5/2012

Stepping off the Cliff

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commissioners voted unanimously this morning to approve their game agency's proposed 2013 lion hunting quota of 70 females or 100 total lions. They also authorized the use of hounds for the hunt in Custer State Park and extended a year-round no-limit hunting season for lions outside of the Black Hills. Lions killed outside the Black Hills region of the . . .

7/11/2012

Wyoming's Sleight of Hand -- You can Fool Some of the People . . .

Wyoming's Game and Fish Commission has proven itself to be a very astute political body. And this week's Solomon-like decision reeks from all the spin doctor rhetoric put forth to disguise the fact that once again too many lions will be killed to placate a small special interest group.

Earlier this year, a small group of private landowners from Crook County, the small sliver of Black . . .