The hills and forests of Virginia were once home to a thriving mountain lion population. But heavy persecution from humans drove the population locally extinct over a hundred years ago. Currently, Virginia classifies mountain lions as an endangered species. As a result, hunting mountain lions is prohibited. Additionally, Virginia law protects animals designated as endangered or threatened from being treated as a nuisance species. These protections may help individuals reestablish a population within the state once again. Help support potential habitat preservation and connectivity between patches so that we can restore a healthy and intact ecosystem complete with cougars.