Thursday, February 25, 2010

"Cougar Clippings" for 24 Feb 2010 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.


** Groups Pounce to Defend Florida Panther **

Last fall, numerous environmental and animal welfare groups signed onto a petition demanding the US Fish & Wildlife Service protect critical habitat for the Florida panther. Panthers have been on the endangered species list since the mid 1960's and yet, the USFWS still has not followed through on a recovery plan. With only around 100 Florida panthers left in the wild and 24 killed in just the past year, time is running out. The USFWS denied the petition and the battle is now being brought into the courtroom.

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** Face-to-Face with a Lion **

On Sunday, one of the very few mountain lions recorded in Nebraska in over 100 years was needlessly killed by a Game & Parks Commission officer. Dale Wellnitz found tracks from the cat on his ranch, suspected it had been eating deer and wild turkey in the nearby creek, but was unsure what to do and so he called in the G&PC for their advice. No person, pet or livestock has ever been killed, attacked or even threatened by a mountain lion in Nebraska. And even though the frightened cat fled when Officer Packett arrived, he still turned his shotgun on the lion and fired. He followed the wounded cat down to the creek and subsequently killed what may very well have been the only female lion in the state of Nebraska. Meanwhile, Sen. LeRoy Louden is still pushing his LB 747 which would allow land owners to kill mountain lions without having to call the G&PC first.

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** Big Cougar Killed After Attack on Bull in Beaver Valley **

A full grown male mountain lion who tipped the scale at over 150 lbs was tracked and killed on Thursday by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife officials along with houndsmen. The lion had reportedly killed a bull belonging to the Liske family. Their property backs up to a forested area with dense brush. Despite living in cougar country, residents in the area have had very few conflicts with and sightings of any big cats. Biologists generally attribute this to having an adult resident lion in the area - such as this big tom. These experienced hunters avoid people, are able to take down deer, and keep out younger cougars. With the resident lion killed, likely a new cat will move in ...and hopefully do a better job avoiding the temptation of free-ranging livestock.

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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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