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NEVADA LION SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

Nevada's predator management projects have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars killing lions.

There are a variety of research projects going on in Nevada. Research has been conducted by the Nevada Department of Widlife, University of Nevada, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

In general, research topics have included subjects such as mountain lion distribution and abundance, mountain lion prey base, population structure, and hunting impacts.

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Nevada Lion Science

    Nevada Department of Wildlife


    The Nevada Department of Wildlife has conducted research on a variety of topics, including mountain lion distribution and abundance, mountain lion prey base, population structure, and hunting impacts. The NDOW has been collecting DNA and teeth from hunter-killed mountain lions and has acquired over 500 samples. They found that age in both sexes is generally overestimated, and that males are over aged at a higher rate than females. Their research has also found that mountain lion population size in Nevada is lower than in the 1980's. They also found that while deer populations and livestock numbers are declining range-wide across Nevada, other prey species are increasing.

    They plan on conducting research in the future that will address 4 primary objectives:

      1. Examine the genetic structure of mountain lions within Nevada and beyond the state to identify distinct sub-populations and assess meta-population dynamics.

      2. Examine mountain lion prey selection and kill rates.

      3. Refine and validate current NDOW mountain lion population models.

      4. Determine the relative influence of immigration, prey density, habitat, roads, hunting pressure, human population growth and other potentially relevant factors in regulating mountain lion distribution and abundance.

    University of Nevada and Wildlife Conservation Society

    Researchers at the University of Nevada conducted research to look at mountain lion population structure. They collected genetic samples over seven years, and where able to obtain samples from 739 mountain lions. The researchers were able to identify the areas in the region serve as sources (areas that animals disperse from at a greater rate to live elsewhere), and sinks (habitat that animals move to at a greater rate than they disperse from). Biologists expected to see heavy dispersal from unhunted populations in California. Instead, they found that the mountains provided a natural barrier between California and Nevada, and that mountain lions moved along natural topographic features.

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 Nevada. Carter discusses the often ridiculous lengths the Nevada 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 Nevada and incorporate the best science into management has turned into a game of one step forward, two steps back.

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