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New Hampshire has no system of accountability for cougar killings

Despite having eradicated mountain lions over 100 years ago, New Hampshire’s legal code lists mountain lions as a game animal. There is no current season for mountain lion, so it is effectively illegal to hunt them.
One could easily argue that mountain lions should be listed as endangered in New Hampshire. However, New Hampshire's threatened and endangered species list apply only to “species of native wildlife whose continued existence as a viable component of the state's wild fauna is determined to be in jeopardy”. Unfortunately, the state does not consider mountain lions to fall within this categorization.

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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 New Hampshire.

Interim Steps

  1. Become familiar with Fish and Game Department section in the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission and ask them to:
    1. Develop a Mountain Lion Management Plan that will 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 a revision to the state endangered and threatened species list that will allow the addition of mountain lions and other species nonnative to the state.
    4. Consider wildlife safety corridors to prevent encounters, habitat fracturing and isolation.
    5. Require an exhaustive use non-lethal strategies before allowing mountain lions to be killed for depredation.
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions? Write to them:
    1. Implore them to establish more controlled mountain lion depredation regulations that involve reporting instances of encounter, damage, and killing.
    2. Propose a government-funded reimbursement program for domestic animals lost to mountain lions that compensates the late owner with resources to protect their remaining assets from mountain lions.
    3. Revise anti-poaching regulations to impose penalties severe enough to deter any individual's desire to illegally take a mountain lion.

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. 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 New Hampshire. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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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New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Commonly abbreviated as: NHFG

Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director

Main Office:
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3511

Wildlife Diversity Biologist
Sandra Houghton
(603) 271-2461

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

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.