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Vermont could be a safe haven for mountain lions in the east.

Vermont classifies mountain lions as a rare furbearer species. Despite this classification, trapping for fur or hunting mountain lions is not permitted. In fact, Vermont lists mountain lions as endangered on their state endangered and threatened species list.
Vermont does issue depredation permits to properly accredited persons or institutions to prevent the propagation of wild animals which are doing damage. However, applications for a depredation permit are only accepted after non-lethal management proves unsuccessful. Even when executing a permit, the integration of non-lethal techniques is expected. Let Vermont wildlife managers know that you support their use of preventative tools.

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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 your 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 friendly to mountain lion conservation in Vermont.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Chapter 1 of the Title 10 appendix in Vermont’s Fish and Wildlife Regulations. Reach out to MLF and wildlife experts. Then attend public meetings with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board 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 preventing potential depredation issues.
    3. Consider wildlife safety corridors to prevent encounters, habitat fracturing and isolation.
  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 depredation prevention measures to limit the need for depredation permits.
    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 Vermont. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Vermont 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 Vermont 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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Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Commonly abbreviated as: ANR

Mark Scott, Director of Wildlife

Agency of Natural
Resources Central Office
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620
(802) 828-1478

Steve Parren,
Wildlife Diversity Program Manager

111 West Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452
(802) 371-7142

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

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.