Mountain Lions in are losing their habitat to human development resulting in increased stress, competition, and human/lion contact. Texas allows an unlimited number of hunting tags for mountain lions and there are no protections in place for them. On top of this human development is swallowing up remaining habitat at an alarming rate.
Texas is home to an important source population for mountain lions potentially recolonizing the southeast. Protection for Texas's cats will help provide dispersing individuals to habitat in other states.