Washington's Hoh Mountains
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Hound hunters continue to pressure government officials to allow the use of dogs to hunt lions.

Currently, most cougar research in the state is being conducted by Washington State University's Large Carnivore Conservation Lab, head by Dr. Rob Wielgus, in conjunction with WDFW. Their groundbreaking studies are changing long held assumptions about the social nature of this mysterious feline and the damaging effects of sport hunting.

Research papers under strict copyright protection may only list their abstracts here. But if you would like a personal copy of the full paper to read, please contact MLF.

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Washington Lion Science

Large Carnivore Conservation Lab

The Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University (WSU) research group that conducts field research on the ecology of carnivores and their prey. Directed by Dr. Robert Wielgus, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology at WSU, their goal is to conduct research that helps maintain viable carnivore populations and preserves important predator - prey dynamics. Their research is not limited to mountain lions, rather they specialize on sensitive, threatened, and endangered large mammals and the ecosystems in which they reside.

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Karelian Bear Dog Program

The Karelian Bear Dog Project falls under the umbrella of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and runs in partnership with the Wind River Bear Institute. Though not a traditional research project, personnel on the project are involved with research on preventing human-wildlife conflict. The project's main purpose is to help resolve the bear-human conflicts, thereby reducing the number of bears that have to be lethally removed. However, they aim to expand their work to human-mountain lion conflict prevention as well.

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University of Washington

There is also research being conducted by biologists at Washington State University. Research from this institution covers a wide variety of topics, including cougar space use, predator-prey dynamics, human-cougar interactions, political and socioeconomic influences on cougar management, as well as other questions.

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