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Text: The editorial voice of the Mountain Lion Foundation.

5/29/2012

Idaho Tells Familiar Tale to Justify Lion Killed by Boise Police

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), Boise is in the middle of lion country. Tucked up next to the Idaho National Forest, and with a riparian greenbelt running through town, its no wonder this community — fondly referred to by locals as the "City of Trees" — will get the occasional mountain lion showing up where it shouldn't.

Such was the case of a . . .

5/10/2012

Cutting Away at Proposition 117

The California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) has long found Proposition 117 to be irksome. For some reason the Department's mind-set hasn't been able to get around the fact that there's an animal running freely about the state and an outside force (California's citizenry) is telling them how to manage it.

Ever since the passage of the "Mountain Lion Initiative" in 1990, CDFG has . . .

2/21/2012

Something is Rotten in California's Fish and Game Commission!

If Shakespeare were still alive and living in California, his famous line from Hamlet might well have read: Something is rotten in California's Fish and Game Commission!

Take the case of the Commission's newly elected President Dan Richards, a "Life Member" of the NRA, who also actively supports several hunting organizations which pass themselves off as quasi "conservation" . . .

1/24/2012

Who's At Fault : Renegade Hunters or the Hunting Farm?

Last May, the Mountain Lion Foundation helped bring to light accusations from a disgruntled ex-hunting guide that mountain lions were being killed illegally on the historic 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch, located about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. The whistle-blower claimed that the killings were motivated by anger among ranch managers toward Proposition 117--the 1990 ballot initiative which banned . . .

12/1/2011

Who We Are Fighting

Recently a Colorado resident wrote an opinion piece for his local newspaper lamenting the loss of Colorado's "great western outdoor culture," and warned the public about the infiltration of that state's wildlife agency by "agenda-driven environmentalists, masquerading as biologists."

Inspiration for this familiar rant was news of the arrest of three Boulder, Colorado men for felony . . .

11/21/2011

How Many Lion Hunters are There? -- Really

Since the European colonization of this continent, America's lion population has been persecuted and hunted to the point where, with the exception of the small clump hanging on to existence by their claws in the Florida Everglades, only fourteen western states are considered to still have viable populations.* With possibly any other animal, such a massive reduction in a species' historic . . .

10/24/2011

Californians Value Their Lions

Last month, the only known male mountain lion left in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains was killed and mutilated by a poacher. Residents were outraged that, according to Calabasas City Councilmember Mary Sue Maurer, "someone would intentionally kill one of our rare mountain lions. We are determined to do everything we can to bring the perpetrator to justice."

10/20/2011

Why won't the California Department of Fish and Game Protect Our Lions?

Due to what appears to be bad decisions made on the part of California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) officials, an innocent mountain lion and two of her three young kittens have been killed, with the remaining kitten left to starve or eventually be killed by humans.

The saga of this little family tragedy started near the rural community of Susanville, California in mid-August after . . .

10/14/2011

South Dakota's Unaccountable Game Commission

For the third year in a row, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGF&P) Commission has decided that they know more than their own agency's experts. They have concluded that if "more" is acceptable for the Department, then "twice" more must be better and should be enacted by the Commission. Such, apparently, was the reasoning behind the SDGF&P Commission's recent decision to once again double . . .

9/15/2011

WDFW Can't Change Its Spots

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is asking the public's opinion on this year's cougar hunting regulations and quotas. Unfortunately the Department is carrying out this task in such a way that only hunters are being officially notified of the request. Once again a state game agency, supposedly mandated to protect the state's natural resources for all of its citizenry is . . .
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