Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida.
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Help ensure a future for mountain lions in Florida

The Florida panther is the only known breeding population of mountain lions in the United States east of the Mississippi River. This tiny population survived early extermination by people due to the highly impenetrable Florida Everglades. It it also the only population with federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. In the 1980's, the Florida panther population was down to only a few dozen inbred cats, and researchers released female lions from Texas to help bolster the population. Today, Florida panther numbers have rebounded, but their habitat continues to shrink; resulting in increased roadkill. With your help, we can raise awarness of these issues and incraese the tools available to protect these animals.

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The Florida panther is the only known breeding population of mountain lions in the United States east of the Mississippi River. This tiny population survived early extermination by people due to the highly impenetrable Florida Everglades. It it also the only population with federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. In the 1980's, the Florida panther population was down to only a few dozen inbred cats, and researchers released female lions from Texas to help bolster the population. Today, Florida panther numbers have rebounded, but their habitat continues to shrink; resulting in increased roadkill. With your help, we can raise awarness of these issues and incraese the tools available to protect these animals.

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. Tell your state legislators that more critical panther habitat needs to be protected from development and resource extraction purposes and set aside for the panther, and that identified corridors need underpasses and caution signs.
  3. Slow down and pay attention, particularly around corners, when driving in rural areas where panther crossings are known to occur, especially at night.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Email policy@mountainlion.org and suggest local officials friendly to mountain lion conservation in Michigan.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Florida 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 Panther Management Plan that will protect mountain lion habitat
    2. Call for a habitat impact assessment to be conducted prior to expanding human development
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions in Florida? Write to them:

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 or livestock from mountain lions.

 
Graph of human-caused lion mortality in FL.

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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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Florida Wildlife Commission.

Commonly abbreviated as: FWC

Nick Wiley, Executive Director

Main Office:
620 S. Meridian St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
(850) 488-4676


Panther Team Leader
Darrell Land





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

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.
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