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Help close loopholes and save mountain lions

In Louisiana, mountain lions are listed as a threatened and endangered species. Thus, mountain lion hunting and trapping for fur is not allowed. Louisiana does not appear to have a mountain lion management plan or a law that specifically addresses depredation by a mountain lion or other endangered species.
Poaching laws in the state provide some legal protection for mountain lions, but penalties are unlikely to be sufficiently harsh to dissuade poaching. Killing a mountain lion or other endangered species in Louisiana imposes penalties based on how many offenses the poacher has committed. Not until the third offense, do penalties begin to reflect the value of cougars.

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  • The status of Puma concolor in Louisiana.

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  • 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 Louisiana.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries policies toward mountain lions. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and ask them to:
    1. Develop a Mountain Lion Management Plan that will protect mountain lions and their habitat
    2. Encourage non-consumptive practices for landowners concerned with depredation issues.
    3. Petition for higher penalties for mountain lion poaching.
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions? Write to them:
    1. Urge them to require records, including date, time and location, of mountain lions killed on roads.

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. Increasing the penalties for poachers of endangered species, especially those as highly valued as mountain lions.

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 Louisiana. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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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Main Office:
2000 Quail Dr.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898
(225) 765-2800

Chief Wildlife Biologist

2000 Quail Dr.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898
(225) 765-2800

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

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.