Morgan Monroe State Forest, Indiana

Bend, Oregon trying to create a Urban Cougar Plan: Just political cover to kill more cougars?

In response to a series of recent lethal (for the lion) cougar incidents, the Bend City Council is asking for assistance from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and the U.S. Wildlife Service in crafting a Urban Cougar Response Plan.

This action appears to be a logical step in proactively addressing the fact that mountain lions live nearby and that they occasionally come into human space. However, it also brings into question as to exactly what type . . .

Utah authorities make the right call and catch rather than kill a wayward lion


Responding to a 911 call, Pleasant Grove Police officers discovered a mountain lion sitting in a tree last Friday morning. Apparently a dog from one of the nearby residences had scared the 2-year dispersing male lion up onto his precarious perch.

Deciding that the lion was too close to a popular hiking trail to just be left alone, officers from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources were called to . . .

mountain lion cougar puma catamount panther
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

Wildlife Conservation and Management Funding

05/21/15 Guest Commentary by Mark E. Smith and Donald A. Molde

The authors present a novel approach to help answer the question "Who really pays for wildlife in the U.S?" Their research revealed approximately 94% of total funding for wildlife conservation and management comes from the non-hunting public. A proper understanding and accurate public perception of this funding question is a necessary next step in furthering the current debate as to whether and how much influence the general public should have at the wildlife policy-making level, particularly within state wildlife agencies.

Photograph of lion walking through autumn leaves.

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?
Photograph of two autumn leaves, green and bright crimson.

ON AIR: Dr. Karanth on Saving Tigers

05/21/14 An Audio Interview with Julie West, MLF Broadcaster

The high stakes conservation challenges and successes impacting the endangered Bengal tiger, whose survival is threatened on many fronts.