The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginiana) in Arkansas had dwindled to about 300 animals by the early 1930s. At this time, it was widely believed that the mountain lion (Puma concolor) was extirpated from the state (Young and Goldman 1946).

With increasing numbers of mountain lion sightings and accumulation of hard evidence, it appears that free-ranging mountain lions have occasionally appeared in Arkansas. However, the number of animals, their origination, taxonomic status, and breeding status are unknown.

Five sightings have been confirmed since 2009. In the fall of 2014, a deer hunter killed a mountain lion, making it the first mountain lion killed in the state since 1975.

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  • Cougars are the most amazing animals!

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  • Not all sightings are sightings!

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    Three recent mountain lion "sightings" in Arkansas have turned out to be "unsubstantiated" following extensive investigation by Arkansas Game & Fish.

  • Proceedings of the 11th Mountain Lion Workshop

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    Proceedings of the 11th Mountain Lion Workshop
    Integrating Scientific Findings into Management
    Hunter Conference Center, Southern Utah University
    Cedar City, Utah
    May 12‐15, 2014

  • Integrating Values and Ethics into Wildlife Policy and Management—Lessons from North America

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    Fox and Bekoff (2011)

    Abstract: Few animals provoke as wide a range of emotions as wolves. Some see wolves as icons of a lost wilderness; others see them as intruders. As the battle continues between wolf proponents and opponents, finding solutions that resolve conflicts while supporting the integrity of nature is challenging. In this essay we argue that we need to make room for wolves and other native carnivores who are re-colonizing areas from which they were extirpated. Strategies that foster coexistence are necessary and wildlife agencies must consider all stakeholders and invest adequate resources to inform the public about how to mitigate conflicts between people/domestic animals, and predators. Values and ethics must be woven into wildlife policy and management and we must be willing to ask difficult ethical questions and learn from past mistakes.