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New Lions in the Santa Monica Mountains

The National Park Service captures, collars and monitors mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains just outside Los Angeles, California. This small patch of habitat is virtually isolated, surrounded by the ocean and uncrossable freeways.

Yet somehow, a small population of about a dozen lions has found a way to survive on this island of a mountain.

Recently, researchers . . .

MLF helps win ban on commercial bobcat trapping in California

The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 Monday to ban bobcat trapping statewide. Commission President Jack Baylis and Commissioners Anthony Williams and Eric Sklar voted in favor of a statewide ban. Commission Vice President Jim Kellogg and Commissioner Jacqueline Hostler-Carmesin voted against it.

The decision yesterday completely bans bobcat trapping in California, with the . . .

Another California lion helped on its way

Yesterday, residents in the California community of Folsom, located at the start of the foothills just east of Sacramento, were visited by a wandering mountain lion.

The lion, which was first spotted early Sunday morning on Fargo Way, was seen again around 7:00 p.m. about a half mile away in the residential area of Montrose Drive and School Street.

After searching the . . .

MLF joins coalition of conservation groups to sue Mendocino County for breaking promise and renewing Wildlife Services contract

MLF was part of a coalition of animal protection and conservation organizations that filed suit Monday challenging Mendocino County's [California] contract renewal with USDA - Wildlife Services, a notorious federal agency whose wildlife-killing program killed close to . . .

13-year study confirms humans are the biggest threat to Southern California's mountain lions

The following story was originally posted on the Science Daily website.

Scientists from the University of California Davis' Wildlife Care Center recently published the findings of a 13-year study of mountain lions in Southern California's Santa Ana Mountains. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, combined genetic and demographic data to determine that even though . . .

WA Game Commissioner admits new rules to kill more lions just a "feel good" plan to appease ranchers over wolf problem

The following story was written by Sandi Doughton and originally posted on the Seattle Times website:

Conservation groups are challenging new rules that expand cougar hunting in some parts of the state, arguing that the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission disregarded scientific studies that show increased harvests don't reduce cougar populations and can actually lead to . . .

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 . . .

Florida's Panther Recovery Plan under attack from the FFWCC

A controversial proposal to scale back conservation plans for the endangered Florida panther was presented to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last Tuesday by Commissioner Liesa Priddy, and the Commission's Executive Director Nick Wiley.

The policy proposal suggested that Florida's efforts in recovering the panther population needed to shift from expanding the . . .

Governor appoints two new members to the California Fish and Game Commission

Governor Brown announced two new appointments to the California Fish and Game Commission today: Eric Sklar, of St. Helena and Anthony Williams, of Huntington Beach.

If confirmed by the State Senate, they will replace Richard B. Rogers of Santa Barbara, who was appointed to the Commission in 2005, and Michael Sutton of Monterey, who was appointed in 2007.

The following . . .

Wildlife activists unable to sway New Mexico Game Commission

In a special Saturday session, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMGF) presented the State Game Commission with its preliminary proposal for changes to the rules and quotas for hunting bears and cougars in New Mexico.

Speaking before a crowd of almost 100 people, representatives from the Department used their old trick of increasing the amount of recognized habitat to claim . . .