Thursday, December 03, 2009

"Cougar Clippings" for 2 Dec 2009 from Mountain Lion Foundation

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.

Mountain Lion Shot in Bismarck
North Dakota appears to be following the policies of their South Dakota neighbor by showing zero tolerance for mountain lions. On Friday night, the first lion ever reported to wander within city limits was then killed by Game & Fish wardens saying they feared it might stalk a child. Despite the fact no one has ever been attacked by a lion in North Dakota and responding Officer Burkett pointing out it was most likely a dispersing male following the Missouri River corridor, officials still felt the need to kill the lion and claimed it was their only option.

Read the actual news story...


Panther Wins Against Cabbage Palm
Invasive cabbage palms, although ironically Florida's state tree, are growing so thick that they are suffocating out native plants, deer, and even endangered panthers in Florida's everglades. The US Fish & Wildlife Service has hired a company to thin the stands of cabbage palms within the wildlife refuge. This restoration project should help increase biodiversity and preserve habitat for panthers.

Read the actual news story...


Firearm hunters take 53,641 deer, two report mountain lion encounters
During the 10-day firearm hunting season for Nebraska's deer, over 50,000 deer were reportedly killed. With all the additional people and hours spent in potential mountain lion country, only two hunters encountered lions. And in both cases the lion was more interested in the deer than the person and ran off when the hunter got close. Yet every single day, mountain lions across the West are killed for fear they might someday wander into town, or compete with sport hunters for deer. Apparently 53,641 deer (the number shot by hunters) is a decline from last year's harvest total. Many areas of Nebraska have no mountain lions, so for once they will not be used as a scapegoat by disgruntled hunters for why there are fewer deer.

Read the actual news story...

http://www.mountainlion.org/newsroom.asp

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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.

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http://www.mountainlion.org/newsroom.asp

Cougar Clippings is a service of the Mountain Lion Foundation.

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