Oklahoma was once home to a thriving population of mountain lion.
Direct persecution drove the population locally extinct over a hundred years ago.
Despite the absence of a viable population, Oklahoma mountain lions are listed as a game species by the Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Occasional hotly-debated sightings have sprung up in recent years causing unwarranted alarm. Encouraging the Department of Wildlife Conservation to conduct outreach and educational activities could help alleviate public fears and raise public support for recolonizing individuals.