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FACTS includes talking points and past kill data.
SPEAK OUT will give you the contact information for decision makers as well as a sample comment letter.
RESOURCES provides links to research pertinent to the issues facing the state and informative Cougar Fund videos and articles.
MOUNTAIN LION’S ECOLOGICAL ROLE
Large predators such as mountain lions have an important role to play in the functioning of a healthy landscape and when allowed to exist relatively undisturbed they contribute a great deal to ecosystem stability and health. By contrast, heavily exploited mountain lion populations are by definition unstable and dominated by young, inexperienced and non-territorial animals that are more likely to have negative interactions with domestic livestock and even humans.
The absence of a female quota leads to more females being killed. The 2006 Mountain Lion Management Plan (p. 8-9) estimates that at least 50 percent of reproductive age females produce young each year and that half of the litters are less than 12 months old and are expected to be orphaned annually. During the 2010 and 2011 Wyoming mountain lion hunting seasons a total of 564 lions were killed of which 225 were females. If half the females were of breeding age and half of those had kittens less than one year old and if the average litter size was 2.5, it can be estimated that about 140 mountain lion kittens likely starved to death or were killed by other predators or even adult male lions. That would bring the two-year death toll of mountain lions due directly or indirectly to hunting to about 700. This does not include the lions accidentally or illegally killed or those killed in agency depredation control actions. As of April 12, 2013 it is reported that a total of 331 mountain lions have been killed in Wyoming, 303 by hunters and 28 listed as “Other Mortality”. (Listed as the 2012 season, it runs from September 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. Three Hunt Areas remain open year-round with two having unlimited quotas and one with quota of 25, 11 have been killed thus far.)
2006 MOUNTAIN LION MANAGEMENT PLAN
The 2006 Mountain Lion Management Plan has several beneficial suggestions that should be re-instituted including:
CHALLENGING OLD ASSUMPTIONS
Indiscriminate sport hunting of mountain lions does little to diminish the chances of lion-human encounters, in fact it may have the opposite effect
Indiscriminate sport hunting of mountain lions has little impact on boosting big game populations
Indiscriminate sport hunting of mountain lions does little if anything to lessen the potential of lion-livestock conflicts
No mountain lion showing visible spots should be hunted and killed
When mountain lions do cause verifiable problems with humans and their livestock, they should be selectively removed by trained agency personnel and not assumed to be removed through indiscriminate public hunting
The best long-term management plan is to halt all sport hunting of mountain lions in Wyoming.
Please remember to be polite and respectful when you contact the decision makers.
The proposed cougar management regulations can be found under the RESOURCES tab.
Comments may be sent to:
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
2000 W 24th St
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0010
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Wildlife Division, Attn: Regulations
3030 Energy Lane
Casper, WY 82604
Emails to Wyoming Game and Fish Director and Commissioners:
Executive Assistant/Office of the Director
Email , Alternative Email for comments dated 6/7/13
The subject line should read, "For Director and Commissioners: Comments on Draft Cougar Hunt Regulations."
WGFD Director Scott Talbott
5400 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82006
WGFD Commissioner Mark Anselmi
1630 Elk St
Rock Springs, WY 82901
WGFD Commissioner Aaron Clark
PO Box 249
Wheatland, WY 82201
WGFD Commissioner Keith Culver
PO Box 296
Newcastle, WY 82701
WGFD Commissioner Michael Healy
WGFD Commissioner Richard Klouda
818 Vance Dr
Lander, WY 82520
WGFD Commissioner Carrie Little
PO Box 166
Leiter, WY 82837
WGFD Commissioner Charles Price
PO Box 375
Daniel, WY 83115
WGFD Wildlife Division Chief Brian Nesvik
5400 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY 82006
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Wyoming Draft Regulations - 64.5KB
Mangelsen Letter to Nebraska 2013 - 69.0KB
Wyoming Mortality Report 2010-2012 - 2.1MB
Research referred to in our sample comment letters may be found on our Cougar Research Papers page.
Read this article by Cougar Fund board member Marc Bekoff found on Psychology Today. Killing cougars (and other animals) does not solve the "problems" for which they are blamed and should stop right now. Recreational hunting is really sport hunting - killing for fun - and the wanton and ruthless slaughter does not reduce conflicts between these predators and humans. Surely we can do better than wantonly and brutally killing them and it's about time we did.