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Tom Stienstra, Won't You Please Be True

On Valentine's Day, the San Francisco Chronicle published a column by outdoor columnist Tom Stienstra, who said he had suddenly become aware of a report that has been mandated by law for decades: CDFW's Annual Mountain Lion Necropsy Report. Rather than doing a little research, or considering the contents in context, Stienstra sensationalized the report to inflame the public's fear of mountain lions...


Lessons not yet learned

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is attempting to push through a controversial "study" that would involve killing significantly more mountain lions over a five-year period to see if they can increase the mule deer population for human hunters to kill. Over the years, this type of pseudo-science has been carried out in several western states. The excuse is that they [the state game agencies] are carrying out scientific experiments to best determine how to properly carry out their duties as wildlife managers...


House cat mistaken for a mountain lion - again

An orange tabby, skulking in the bushes, recently became the latest example of the approximately 87 percent of all mountain lion sightings that turn out to be false. The incident started when the Tracy, California Police Department received several calls from residents reporting a mountain lion in Clyde Bland Park near Interstate 205. One report even stated that a person appeared to be walking with the mountain lion...


What's wrong with trophy hunting

The MLF Blog In Our Opinion has traditionally been the voice of the Foundation and written solely by our staff. However, we felt the need to make an exception for Michael Sutton's editorial on trophy hunting because we agree with his thoughts and couldn't have said it any better if we tried. This editorial piece was originally published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday, July 30. The killing of Cecil — Zimbabwe's most famous lion — by an American dentist sparked outrage and reignited the debate over trophy hunting...


Bend, Oregon trying to create a Urban Cougar Plan: Just political cover to kill more cougars?

In response to a series of recent lethal (for the lion) cougar incidents, the Bend City Council is asking for assistance from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and the U.S. Wildlife Service in crafting a Urban Cougar Response Plan. This action appears to be a logical step in proactively addressing the fact that mountain lions live nearby and that they occasionally come into human space...


Same old excuse made by Nebraskan's to justify killing injured lion in Omaha: What makes Midwesterners so afraid?

Early yesterday evening, staff at Omaha's Project Harmony, a child protective center, reported finding a mountain lion on the property. For the next half-hour or so the lion didn't move and appeared to be sleeping when Omaha police arrived on scene. Claiming that the children (who were safely inside the building) were at risk, police officers proceeded to shoot a barrage of bullets and kill the non-aggressive animal...


Debunking the myth hunters are the only true conservationists

It's a myth commonly voiced by hunters that they finance wildlife conservation in America through their hunting fees and the tax dollars paid for ammunition and other equipment purchases. That worn out fairytale resurfaced again recently when a contributor to MLF's Facebook page challenged "all of you so called world savers to match even half the dollars we hunters contribute to ensure that wildlife continue to grow in numbers...


South Dakota's game agency "experts" refuse to admit lion population is dwindling

Despite just finishing one of the state's worse lion hunting seasons since its inauguration in 2005, the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department (SDGFP) still claims that there are at least 240 mountain lions residing in the Black Hills hunting district. For the past decade, South Dakota's Game Commission has set - what many experts believe to be - excessively high hunting quotas for mountain lions in that region; their stated objective being to reduce the number of mountain lions for ranchers and the public's safety...


California Fish and Wildlife does it right again: Another lion saved!

Last Friday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) demonstrated to the rest of the country that non-aggressive mountain lions are NOT a threat to the public's safety, and do not have to be killed just because they have come into contact with humans. In this particular incident, the lion was not found within its own habitat, as was the situation only a day later in the Bend, Oregon killing; this lion was hiding in the front yard bushes of a Southern California home...


Oregon's lethal lion management policy: Intolerance disguised as public safety

Once again Oregon authorities have killed a mountain lion near Bend, Oregon. However, this time the killers were members of the Bend Police Department. Saturday afternoon, Bend police officers evacuated the public from the area near Pilot Butte - a 500-foot-tall extinct cinder cone volcano - shortly after a mountain lion was discovered, within its own habitat, but near a popular hiking trail. But apparently evacuating the public wasn't sufficient to overcome the fear of lions many Oregon officials seem to have, nor was the option of tranquilizing and relocating the animal seriously considered...


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