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.
Cougar Trouble in Wisconsin
It's been decades since Wisconsin exterminated its mountain lion population but last week a lion was confirmed having wandered into the state. And now unfortunately if he is found, may be killed by the Department of Natural Resources. He is believed to have attacked a rancher's cow and depredating lions in any state (except for Florida) can be legally killed. This is the first case of a mountain lion preying on livestock in Wisconsin since the 1800s. Biologists believe the cat might have dispersed from the Black Hills in South Dakota, 800 miles away, and may continue on a longer journey in search of a home range - if he is not found by state officials first.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service announced they will be giving conservation awards to three Florida panther biologists: Darrell Land, Mark Lotz, and Deborah Jansen. Their exceptional work has helped the endangered species rebound from just 30 panthers in the 1980s to around 100 today. Their on the ground efforts have also vastly increased research and our understanding of how panthers live in the wild; and they have continued to help residents in Florida learn to coexist with this magnificent keystone species. To learn more about the work being done, listen to MLF's recent On Air interview with Deborah Jansen.
It's was a deadly week in California for the state's one and only specially protected mammal. On Thursday, May 6th, a deputy sheriff shot a mountain lion that had residents worried near Big Bear Lake, a mountain town east of Los Angeles. The cat was believed to be the same one that had attacked a pet in April. Then the following Tuesday, 400 miles north up the coast, a motorist hit and killed a lion on Highway 17 just outside of Santa Cruz. The next day, a few miles north, another resident discovered a mountain lion dead along the creek near his house. Although mountain lions are not sport hunted in California, numerous die of natural causes and more than one-hundred are killed every year after accidentally coming too close to people. Learn more about mountain lions in California.
MLF is now proud to offer a cache (no, not a deer kill!) of mountain lion photographs. This image library, available at mountainlion.org, contains beautiful photographs that can be used FREE of charge by anyone who wants mountain lion pictures for non-commercial projects. MLF will continue to upload more images and hopes the supply will help other wildlife groups teach the public about the American lion.