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.
21 Mountain Lions Harvested as of Monday
Averaging almost one lion killed per day, South Dakota's mountain lion trophy season will likely fill its quota before the end of February. Last year's season closed when the final female was killed on Valentine's Day. Since then, the quota has increased, killing lions year-round outside the Black Hills remains legal (practically encouraged), and it's cheaper to pay a poaching fine than fees to hunt legally. It is unclear how South Dakota's management practices are fulfilling their stated mission "to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota's wildlife"
The winter cougar hunting season came to a close Monday night in areas of Montana where hunters have already filled the quota. Lions are easier to track in the snow and hunters are allowed to use hounds to track and tree cougars during the winter season - a lazy and barbaric practice where cougars have little odds of getting away. During the span of just a few months, over 300 lions are killed every year in Montana by trophy hunters. These hunters will have until mid April to fill the quotas in the remaining regions.
4,000-acres of farmland that have been in the Milicevic family for 70 years will now be conserved as habitat for endangered Florida panthers. Located in Hendry County, panthers routinely cross this private land, and protecting it from development is a step in the right direction for panther recovery.