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Whether transient or resident, mountain lions are back in Kansas – lets protect them!

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.

  • Return to the portal page for Kansas.

  • The status of puma concolor in Kansas.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Kansas.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Kansas.

  • Cougar science and research in Kansas.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!

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 Kansas.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Kansas Wildlife policies. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend relevant town, commission and council meetings and ask them to develop a Mountain Lion Management Plan that will protect mountain lion habitat and prevent any intentional killings not necessitated by an immediate threat to human life.
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions in Kansas? Write to them:
    1. Urge legislation to prohibit lion hunting.
    2. Ask them to ensure non-lethal steps are required to remove or deter mountain lions from damaging property before considering lethal action.
    3. Request penalties for the illegal taking or trapping of mountain lions - large enough to deter even the consideration of such an act.
    4. Encourage mountain lion protection under the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act

Long term Steps:

  1. Request to meet with your state legislators to talk about defining the “reasonable effort” required when attempting to prevent and deter mountain lions from damaging property before lethal action may be taken.
  2. Write to state officials and ask for the protection of important riverine corridors that mountain lions rely on as suitable habitat, separate and distant from human interaction.

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 Kansas. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Kansas 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 Kansas and incorporate the best science into management has turned into a game of one step forward, two steps back.

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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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Robin Jennison, Secretary

Main Office:
1020 S. Kansas, Rm 200
Topeka, KS 66612-1327
(785) 296-2281

Wildlife Research Biologist
Matt Peek
PO Box 1525
Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 342-0658

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

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.