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Help create a future for mountain lions locally extinguished over 150 years ago.

Ohio's historic forests and hills were once home to a thriving population of mountain lions. However, by 1845, direct and intentional persecution by humans killed off every last puma. The state of Ohio uses the contemporary absence of these animals to justify classifying them as nonnative wildlife, a classification precludes their inclusion on Ohio’s endangered species. Endangered species protection could help dispersing individuals recolonize their former range within the state.

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  • The status of Puma concolor in Ohio.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Ohio.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Ohio.

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  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!


We need volunteers in your area!

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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 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 New Jersey.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with the Division of Wildlife section of the Ohio Administrative Code. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the Ohio Wildlife 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 to landowners on dealing with potential depredation issues using non-consumptive techniques.
    3. Petition for mountain lions, native until extirpation about 150 years ago, to be added 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 preventative depredation control measures to limit the need for reactionary takes by Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operators.
    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 Ohio. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Ohio 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 Ohio 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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Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Commonly abbreviated as: ODNR

Division of Wildlife
Suzie Prange
360 East State Street
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 589-9924

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

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.