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Help New Jersey prepare for the mountain lion recolonization.

Mountain lions have long been extinct in the of New Jersey. Despite meeting the legal requirements, mountain lions are not listed as an endangered or threatened species within the state.

Poaching laws in the state provides some protection for mountain lions, but what the state really needs is protections for potential dispersing cats. There is ample habitat within the state, and good connectivity to other areas that could support pumas. Help New Jersey get on the right path for allowing mountain lion recovery.

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  • How you can take action to help!

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 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 likely to be friendly to mountain lion conservation in NewHampshire.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Chapter 25- Division of Fish and Wildlife Rules in Title 7- Environmental Protection of the New Jersey Administrative Code. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the New Jersey Fish and Game Council 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 the addition of mountain lions to the state endangered and threatened species list.
    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 control over depredation permitting and reporting requirements.
    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 Jersey. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the New Jersey 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 Jersey and incorporate the best science into management has turned into a game of one step forward, two steps back.

Click here to view our Activist Guide...

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 Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Commonly abbreviated as: NJDEP

Larry Herrighty, Acting Director

Main Office:
N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife
Mail Code 501-03
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
(609) 292-2965

Mike Valent
7A Van Syckels Road
Hampton, NJ 08827
(908) 735-8975

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

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.