Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Cougar Clippings" for June 24 from Mountain Lion Fdn.

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6/24/2009

Dear Friend,
Here are a few of the top stories on mountain lions from recent news articles. For more frequent updates, visit MountainLion.org and read the news daily.


Hunters Are Depleting Lion And Cougar Populations, Study Finds
Although state agencies respond to pressure from livestock owners and hunting enthusiasts by increasing the quotas on mountain lions, a recent study shows killing an adult male may reduce the lion population by more than just that one individual. Management policies should take into account the complex dynamics between adults and cubs. Intense sport hunting without fully understanding the species may result in depleting their population beyond recovery.
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Montana Hunters Want Decrease in Lions, Wolves and Bears
On Thursday, June 25th, Montana's Fish Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet to increase the lion hunting quota because supposedly "the big cat population is reaching troublesome levels." Lion population numbers are extremely difficult to estimate and sightings generally only indicate a larger population of people, not lions. The FWP admits they would like to see an increase in the number of elk and deer (to increase their quotas as well) and believe reducing natural predation by bears, wolves and lions will yield higher hunting bag limits in the state. Voice your opinion to Montana's FWP.
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Officials Defend Eco-Passage
Florida officials received criticism for their under- freeway wildlife tunnels plan which would provide a linkage for wildlife as well as protect motorists on the road. Out-of-state legislators argued it would be a waste of money, while Kevin Thibault from the Department of Transportation said that spending $3.4 million on wildlife projects out of their $1.35 billion account didn't seem too outrageous. Big cities all over the country (such as Santa Monica, California) are trying to find ways to help migrating and large ranged species like deer and mountain lions, while staying within the state's budget.
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Orphaned Cougar Cub Joins NEW Zoo
Attendance soars at the NEW (Northeastern Wisconsin) Zoo as families hope to catch a glimpse of Gillin, an orphaned cougar from Oregon. The two month old cub will join seven year old female "BB" in the zoo's display enclosure in about a month. BB is very social and the staff believes the two cougars will get along just fine. See the article for pictures of Gillin and for admission information go to newzoo.org.
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### Those were just a few of the lion articles from the past week. Click here to read more! The Mountain Lion Foundation follows cougar and wildlife news each week. For a complete library of the most pertinent news articles, visit the Mountain Lion Foundation Newsroom. If you can not use the links in this email to read complete articles, cut and paste (or type) the following address into your browser:
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