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For people and cougars, Georgia needs a mountain lion management plan.

Georgia cougars are classified under state law as a game animal. Additionally, they are considered an endangered species within the state and therefore illegal to trap for fur or hunt. Georgia does not appear to have a mountain lion management or recovery plan. Nor have they developed laws or regulations to specifically address the rights of individuals and landowners in the event of a mountain lion attack or depredation by a mountain lion. It is a misdemeanor to illegally kill a mountain lion or other endangered species, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to 12 months.

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Here's what you can do:

Immediate Steps:

  1. Build a coalition to learn from and educate people on how to peacefully coexist with the mountain lion population.
  2. Contribute a positive voice. Write a letter to your local newspaper expressing your excitement about local mountain lions and your views on the importance of protecting them.
  3. Distribute educational information on how residents can protect their pets and livestock. Consider animal shelters, veterinary clinics, 4H clubs, Scouting organizations, FFA, shooting clubs, and any other pertinent public locations as potential outlets.
  4. Email and suggest local officials friendly to mountain lion conservation in Georgia.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Georgia Legal Code pertaining to mountain lions. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the Georgia Board of Natural Resources and ask them to:
    1. Develop a Mountain Lion Management Plan that will protect mountain lions and their habitat
    2. Offer information and training for landowners on non-consumptive techniques for dealing with potential depredation issues.
    3. Reclassify mountain lions as a non-game species
    4. Petition for more severe poaching penalties.
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions? Write to them:
    1. Implore them to begin an effort to establish depredation regulations that require the exhaustive use non-lethal strategies.
    2. Urge them to develop anti-poaching regulations with penalties severe enough to deter any individuals desire to illegally take a mountain lion.
    3. Propose a government-funded compensation program for domestic animals lost to mountain lions that compensates the late owner with resources to protects their remaining assets from mountain lions.

Long term Steps:

  1. Request to meet with your state legislators to talk about
    1. Developing a liability initiative to incentivize or require owners to take certain measures to protect pets and livestock from mountain lions.
    2. The potential management benefits that could stem from accurately recording mountain lions killed on the state’s roads.

ON AIR: Phil Carter - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

03/19/13 An Audio Interview with Julie West, MLF Broadcaster

In this edition of our audio podcast ON AIR, MLF Volunteer Julie West interviews mountain lion program manager Phil Carter of Animal Protection of Georgia. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Georgia Department of Game and Fish will go to to disregard the public, bury scientific research, and ignore all common sense. Trying to protect mountain lions in Georgia and incorporate the best science into management has turned into a game of one step forward, two steps back.

Click here to view our Activist Guide...

Becoming a Mountain Lion Activist

There are lots of opportunities to take action!

Are you new to mountain lion activism? You want to change your local environment to improve it for cougars... but you don't know how to start. You may feel like you are all alone... but it takes just one person to change the attitudes and lifestyles of hundreds of others. You don't need to belong to a group. It doesn't take special skills or superhuman abilities. You just need to care enough about cougars to want to help them survive. You've already done the hard part, now let us help you with the next step.

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Georgia Wildlife Resource Division.

Commonly abbreviated as: GWRD


Main Office:
2067 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE
Social Circle, GA, 30025
(770) 761-3035

Chief Wildlife Biologist

2067 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE
Social Circle, GA, 30025
(770) 761-3035

Please write to the director and express your concern for lions in GA.

Thank the agency when they take steps to protect our state's cougars. When they fall short of expectations, politely ask for policy reform and more officer training.