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