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Mountain lions in Maine are as good as dead.

Mountain lions are currently locally extinct in Maine and receive no legal protection. In fact, they are barely mentioned in state regulations.

Despite a thriving historic population within the state and a population (or lack thereof) that reflects the need for protection, mountain lions are currently not listed as threatened or endangered by the State of Maine. Quite the contrary, in fact. Maine has no management or reintroduction plan, and mountain lion hunting is completely unregulated within the state. Due to their lack of legal status as wildlife in Maine, lions may be killed without repercussion or penalty.

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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 Maine.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Maine’s wildlife regulations found in Chapter 09 – Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife of the Code of Maine Rules. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 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 Maine? Write to them:
    1. Urge legislation to prohibit lion hunting and trapping.
    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 taking or trapping of mountain lions - large enough to deter even the consideration of such an act.
    4. Encourage mountain lion protection under the State List of Endangered & Threatened Species

Long term Steps:

  1. Request to meet with your state legislators to talk about:
    1. Recognizing the potential for mountain lions to return to Maine and how important it is to provide them legal protection.

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 Maine. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Maine 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 Maine 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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Bear Biologist
Randal A. Cross or Wally Jakubas
650 State Street
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 941-4466

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

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.