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Push North Carolina to live up to the standards the state has itself set and list cougars as endangered.

North Carolina lost its once robust mountain lion population over one hundred years ago. Human activities, such as overhunting eliminated this mighty predator from within the state. While cougars meet the state’s listing requirements, they are not included as an endangered or threatened species. Help convince North Carolina legislators to follow through with the standards it sets and list mountain lions as an endangered species. This protection could help dispersing individuals reestablish a population within the state.

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  • How you can take action to help!

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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 North Carolina.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Chapter 10 - Wildlife Resources and Water Safety, of Title 15A - Environment and Natural Resources in the North Carolina Administrative Code, as it pertains to mountain lions. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and ask them to:
    1. Develop a Mountain Lion Management Plan to protect mountain lions and their habitat
    2. Offer information and training for landowners on non-consumptive techniques for dealing with potential depredation issues.
    3. Petition for mountain lions to be added to North Carolina’s state-listed endangered species.
    4. Consider regulations addressing mountain lion depredation that require the use of non-lethal strategies.
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions? Write to them:
    1. Propose a government-funded compensation program for domestic animals lost to mountain lions that compensates the late owner with resources to protects their remaining assets from mountain lions.
    2. Urge them to develop anti-poaching regulations with penalties severe enough to dissuade any individuals desire to illegally take a mountain lion.

Long term Steps:

  1. Request to meet with your state legislators to talk about
    1. Establishing safety corridors for mountain lions to prevent habitat fracturing and isolation.
    2. The potential management benefits that could stem from accurately recording mountain lions killed on the state’s roads.

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 North Carolina. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Commonly abbreviated as: NCWRC

Gordon Myers, Executive Director

1751 Varsity Dr,
Raleigh, NC 27606

Wildlife Management Division Chief
David Cobb

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

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.