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Montana's Hunters Accuse MFWP of Exaggerating Lion Population Numbers

In a strange turn around, some of Montana's mountain lion hunters are accusing the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) of increasing next year's lion hunting quota to satisfy the demands of hunting outfitters.

What touched off accusations of over-hunting was MFWP's newly released mountain lion quota for the upcoming 2014-15 hunting season. MFWP defended its new quota . . .

Chambers' Fight to End Nebraska Lion Hunt Not Yet Over!

Unwilling to accept the betrayal of two state Senators that thwarted his attempt to override Governor Heineman's veto, Senator Ernie Chambers proved once again that he was a bare knuckles kind of political fighter and added scores of amendments to at least 11 pending bills, including some that would replace their language with his mountain lion hunting ban.

With yesterday being the 56th . . .

Two Senators Renege on Promise - Nebraska Lion Hunt Still a Go

Last Thursday, Nebraska legislators failed for a second time to override Governor Heineman's veto of Senator Ernie Chambers' Legislative Bill 671 which banned mountain lion hunting.

Coming one day after the first attempt to override the veto fell six votes short, Thursday's 28-21 vote drew an angry response from Senator Chambers who believed he had secured the necessary 30 votes needed . . .

Nebraska Lion Hunt To Stay - For Now

Today, in a 24-21 vote, Nebraska state legislators failed to override the Governor Heineman's veto of Legislative Bill 671. LB 671, sponsored by Senator Ernie Chambers (D-Omaha) would have overturned a 2012 law authorizing the recreational hunting of Nebraska's mountain lions.

During the fight to pass LB 671, Senator Chambers repeatedly voiced the opinion of many in the scientific . . .

CA Senate Bill 132 at Work - Female Lion Successfully Relocated from Mission Viejo Neighborhood

Last Wednesday, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wardens and local animal control officers tranquilized and captured a mountain lion that had been spotted several times during the day near a hillside, gated retirement community in Mission Viejo, California.

According to CDFW spokesman Andrew Hughan, the mountain lion was a 70-lb female, believed to be 2 to 3 years old . . .

Nebraska Governor Vetoes LB 671 - Wants Lion Hunt to Continue

Claiming that it might be unconstitutional and citing Article XV, Section 25 of the Nebraska Constitution which states that "hunting, fishing, and harvesting of wildlife shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife," as justification for his action, Nebraska Governor, Dave Heineman vetoed Legislative Bill 671 earlier today.

LB 671, introduced by Senator Ernie Chambers . . .

Illinois Attempts to Protect its Mountain Lions with SB 3049

The Illinois Senate Agriculture Committee took an important step recently towards protecting mountain lions that wander into that state by voting 6-0 in favor of Illinois Senate Bill 3049, authored by Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora). Senate Bill 3049 would add wolves, black bears, and mountain lions to the Illinois Wildlife Code thereby giving them "protected species" status.

SB 3049 . . .

MLF Sues CDFW to Stop Unauthorized Mountain Lion Research

The Mountain Lion Foundation (MLF) served the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) with a Writ of Mandamus yesterday, demanding that the Department stop all unauthorized mountain lion research being carried out by the National Park Service (NPS) in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA).

In early 2011, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife . . .

Nebraska's Countdown Begins - 5 Days to Go!

Despite a last minute filibuster by the bill's opponents, Nebraska's LB 671, a legislative bill by state senator Ernie Chambers to permanently end the state's mountain lion hunting season just two years after it was approved, successfully passed out of the state senate with a 28 to 13 vote today.

LB 671 now heads to

Survival Chances Getting Slimmer for Wyoming Lions

Dr. Mark Elbroch, principal investigator and project leader for Panthera's 13-year long Teton Cougar Project, recently gave a public presentation on his team's findings. The results of their research present a fairly bleak picture of the sustainability of Wyoming's mountain lion population and show the survival rate of Wyoming's mountain lions has dropped drastically over the past . . .