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Help ensure a future for mountain lions in Oklahoma.

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.

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  • The status of Puma concolor in Oklahoma.

  • State law and regulations affecting cougars.

  • The history of cougars in Oklahoma.

  • Ecosystems and habitat in Oklahoma.

  • Cougar science and research in Oklahoma.

  • Our library of media, research and reports.

  • How you can take action to help!


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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 Oklahoma.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Oklahoma hunting and wildlife policies. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend relevant town, commission and council meetings and ask them to:
    1. Develop a Mountain Lion Management Plan that will protect mountain lion habitat
    2. Request a stop to reactionary depredation kills.
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions in Arizona? Write to them:
    1. Request the removal of mountain lions from game species classification
    2. Ask them to ensure non-lethal steps are required to remove or deter mountain lions from damaging property before considering lethal action.

Long term Steps:

  1. Request to meet with your state legislators to talk about developing a liability initiative to incentivize or require owners be take certain measures to protect their pets and livestock from mountain lions.

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 Oklahoma. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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.

Click here to open a new window and visit the agency's website...

Oklahoma Deoartment of Wildlife Conservation.

Commonly abbreviated as: ODWC

Richard Hatcher, Director

Main Office:
2145 NE 36th St
OKC, OK 73111
(405) 521-3851

Wildlife Biologist
Jerrod Davis
(405) 590-2583

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

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.