Sunrise over farm in Texas Hill Country.
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  Jim Nix / Nomadic Pursuits
 
Photo of landsacape.

YOU CAN HELP TEXAS LIONS

Texas allows year round unlimited mountain lion take.

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.

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  • How you can take action to help!

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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 policy@mountainlion.org and suggest local officials friendly to mountain lion conservation in Texas.

Interim Steps:

  1. Become familiar with Texas 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 Mountain Lion Management Plan that will protect mountain lion habitat
    2. Call for a habitat impact assessment to be conducted prior to expanding human development
    3. Demand an economic analysis of taxpayer costs involved in state mountain lion kills
  2. Do you know of a state official that may understand the importance of protecting mountain lions in Texas? Write to them:
    1. Request to restrict the mountain lion hunting limits
    2. Request the removal of mountain lions from game species classification
    3. Ask them to ensure non-lethal steps are required to remove or deter mountain lions from damaging property before considering lethal action.
    4. Demand a stop to the use of hounds and artificial light when hunting lions.

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.
  2. Write to state officials and challenge the morality and effectiveness of the state predator management policy especially as it pertains to the Catalina bighorn sheep reintroduction

 
Graph of human-caused lion mortality in TX.

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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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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Commonly abbreviated as: TPWD

Carter Smith, Director

Main Office:
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(505) 476-8000
carter.smith@tpwd.texas.gov


Mammologist
Jonah Evans
140 City Park Rd.
Boerne, Texas 78006
hunt@tpwd.texas.gov
(803) 331-8739

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

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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