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6/10/2014

Illinois' Lion Protection Bill Passes the Legislature

Senate Bill 3049, introduced by Senator Linda Holmes (D - Aurora) has successfully passed out of the Illinois Legislature and is now sitting on the Governor's desk awaiting his signature.

SB 3049, which passed on the last day of session, places Gray wolves, American black bears, and mountain lions on Illinois' protected species list, and eliminates the current practice of allowing people . . .
6/2/2014

Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve Safe For Now

Late last week, a federal judge denied the National Park Service's request to dismiss a case brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians to reduce damaging off-road vehicle use in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve.

The suit asserts the Park Service violated the Endangered Species Act, its own off-road vehicle management plan, the . . .
5/7/2014

Dispersing Lion Winds up in Mountain View Garage

On Tuesday evening, a mountain lion wandered into the city of Mountain View, California. Located in the southern portion of the San Francisco bay area, the outskirts of Mountain View are home to mountain lions, though they are rarely spotted by local residents.

Around 6:30 p.m. reports began coming in to the local police station of a mountain lion near California Street and Rengstroff . . .
4/24/2014

South Dakota Wardens Relocate Treed Mountain Lion Kitten

South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks (SDGFP) wardens made the right decision Wednesday when they decided that a treed, six-month old, 42 lb. mountain lion kitten was not a threat to humans and decided to tranquilize and relocate the animal instead of complying with the Department's zero-tolerance policy of lethal removal.

The young male lion, who was first spotted by a Spearfish couple . . .
4/18/2014

Hollywood's Iconic Mountain Lion P-22 Sickened by Rat Poison

Last year, National Geographic put a public face to Southern California's lion population when it photographed P-22 walking in front of the Hollywood sign at night. At that time, the animal was majestic looking and in apparent good health.

However, it was announced yesterday that National Park Service (NPS) lion researchers discovered in March that P-22 is now sick with mange, a . . .
4/15/2014

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 . . .
4/8/2014

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 . . .
4/7/2014

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 . . .
4/2/2014

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 . . .
3/31/2014

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 . . .