Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Cougar Clippings" for 25 Mar 2010 from Mountain Lion Foundation


MLF Cougar Clippings
News Links3/25/2010

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.

Illinois Meeting to Discuss Mountain Lions

Next month will mark the two-year anniversary of the killing of a mountain lion by police in Illinois. The cat was the first mountain lion documented in Chicago since the mid-1800's. On Monday, the Brookfield Zoo will host a meeting to talk about the possibility of lions returning to the state. With Nebraska and Iowa - states that have clearly demonstrated they will kill any lion that wanders through - laying between Illinois and the West, the chances of lions recolonizing Illinois on their own remain rather slim. And without protection laws in place, any lions that do survive the trek still won't stand a chance.

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Video: New Mexico Lion Relocated

A mountain lion seen wandering through a Santa Fe neighborhood in New Mexico was tranquilized and relocated to Carson National Forest by the NM Game & Fish Department. Before being released, the cat was examined by a vet due to a minor injury to his front paw. The healthy adult male weighed around 150 lbs and was not deemed to be a threat because he continued to show fear of people. Although still very rare, it does appear more state agencies in the West are beginning to try relocation rather than killing every mountain lion that wanders through a town.

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The Day the Safety Net Failed

A year ago two tiny mountain lion kittens from the town of Solvang exposed a huge hole in California's mountain lion protection policies. Twenty years ago California voters passed Proposition 117, setting the standard for lion protection by banning the killing of lions for fun and labeling them a "specially protected mammal." However, the California Department of Fish & Game still has not written any type of official manual for how mountain lions should be managed to uphold this unique title; and unfortunately, two kittens learned this short-coming firsthand.

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Anti-Hunting Activist Begins Nation-Wide Tour

Anthony Marr, a wildlife preservationist who leads a global anti-hunting coalition, is touring the country from March to October and will be stopping through more than 36 states and Canada along this year's Compassion for Animals Road Expedition (CARE). Marr will be holding press conferences to raise awareness about hunting as well as coordinating funeral motorcades to honor wildlife. The journey begins in Washington state next week and will pass through California during mid-April to early May along the way to the east coast. Watch the video for more information on CARE's events, when they will be in your area, and how interested individuals or groups can participate.

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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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