The state of Mississippi has a somewhat schizophrenic relationship with mountain lions. On the one hand, the state protects the Florida panther, a subspecies of mountain lions, an endangered species. On the other hand, it lists all other mountain lions as an “inherently dangerous” animal.
Mississippi’s official list of endangered species is reviewed every two years by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. This review presents an opportunity to expand the listing of the Florida Panther subspecies to include mountain lions more generally. Help protect all pumas in the state.