Utah's Bryce Canyon at sunrise/set over rocky cliffs.
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Unlimited hunt zones and cougars blamed for mule deer declines are threatening wildlife.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources continues to approve dangerous cougar policies. Increasing sport hunting not only threatens the future of the cougar population, but such disruptions have been shown to increase conflicts with domestic animals and increase predation on rare native ungulates like mule deer and bighorn sheep. Please be a voice for our cougars and help reverse over a century of ecosystem destruction by opposing the hunt!

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Reduce the Unnecessary Killing of Cougars

Graph of human-caused cougar mortality in Utah.

UDWR's statewide population estimates have ranged from 2,500 to 4,000 cougars. But density estimates from leading cougar researchers indicate a population of roughly 1,600 cougars is likely more realistic. Without a trusted population estimate, it is unclear how much longer Utah's cougars can withstand the current level of persecution.

To make matters worse, mountain lions are be blamed for declines in mule deer populations. While science indicates deer declines are largely due to habitat issues and diseases from domestic animals, killing predators continues to be the preferred course of action.

Research projects have been proposed to kill cougars to see if this helps mule deer and other games species numbers increase. Please oppose these reckless kill studies any time you see them proposed.

Read our 2016 comment letter for tips on what to say.

September 1, 2016 coverage by CBS' Salt Lake City affiliate, KUTV.

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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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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Commonly abbreviated as: DWR

Greg Sheehan, Director

Main Office:
1594 W North Temple, Suite 2110
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301

Mammals Program Coordinator
Leslie McFarlane
1594 W North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301

Please write to the director and express your concern for cougars in Utah.

Thank DWR 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.