The MLF Blog In Our Opinion has traditionally been the voice of the Foundation and written solely by our staff. However, we felt the need to make an exception for Michael Sutton's editorial on trophy hunting because we agree with his thoughts and couldn't have said it any better if we tried.
A mechanic and a mountain lion were both startled to discover each other early Friday morning in Palmdale, California. The young female lion had most likely wandered out of Angeles National Forest sometime during the night on her trek to find a home range. As the sun rose, she sought shelter to sleep through the day among some boxes in a quiet, storage alcove by the entrance to LJ Automotive.
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.
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?