Overhunting and loss of habitat extirpated mountain lions from Kansas in the early 1900’s. Although there has been no evidence of a reproducing population, many sightings have been reported.
Today, landowners are permitted to kill lions “found in or near buildings on their premises or when destroying property”. To prevent the overreaction of concerned residents and a possible repeat of history, it is important state and local authorities establish responsible conservation measures and that the public is well educated on the importance of mountain lions in the local ecosystem. Below are some actions you can take as a local volunteer to help ensure Kansas lions receive the respect and protection they deserve.