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Help ensure a future for mountain lions in Maine.

Though mountain lions once roamed the hills and forests of Maine, persecution at the hands of humans drove them locally extinct. If we support open space conservation and preserve corridors connecting potential habitat, we could reverse this situation and bring mountain lions back home to Maine.

Although mountain lions may be physically capable of living in an area, human activities and attitudes could keep them from reestablishing a population there. Fragmentation, sport hunting practices, and intolerant communities can wipe out mountain lions from any area. For more data on
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Maine Lion Habitat and Population

Before European settlement, mountain lions roamed throughout Maine and beyond. Perceived conflict with livestock, heavy hunting pressure, conversion of wildlands to agriculture and other forms of habitat loss drove the mountain lions of Maine to local extinction.

Maine Cougar Habitat
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There hasn't been much, if any, research specifically addressing potential habitat for mountain lions in the state, but there has been work looking at the importance of potential dispersal corridors across the U.S. A study by Michelle LaRue (2007) estimates that there are 128,608 square kilometers of highly suitable habitat across the Midwest. Additional habitat certainly exists throughout the South and East Coast as well. A viable population in Maine would help provide potential dispersing individuals to help repopulate neighboring states where mountain lions once thrived.

Establishing mountain lion-friendly legislation and management practices will likely need to play a role in allowing this top carnivore to return to the great state of Maine. Check out our Action Tab to see what you can do to help!

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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.