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Mountain lion hunting to increase in Nevada

A bird eludes a mountain lion at the Moonridge Animal Park in Big Bear. Nevada wildlife officials are calling for some increased hunting allowances of mountain lions in an effort to help stabilize the mule deer population.

Ken Mayer, Nevada Department of Wildlife director, said the agency plans to begin a program of "intensive, sustained predator reduction" in areas where it is believed the big cats have negatively affected mule deer numbers. "It's not an effort to exterminate mountain lions," Mayer said. "It's an effort to better manage lions with the prey base."

Staff have been directed to pursue the program with the assistance of sport hunters and contract employees from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services division.

The mule deer population in the state has decreased from 240,000 to 108,000 during the previous two decades, according to department reports.

Some animal advocacy groups are opposed to the changes though.

"Basically what they're doing is applying the Sarah Palin method of wildlife management, which is to remove animals with big teeth in order to promote the animals hunters like to shoot," stated D.J. Schubert, a wildlife biologist with the Animal Welfare Institute. "It's an archaic form of wildlife management. Unfortunately they are making the mountain lion a scapegoat."

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A bird eludes a mountain lion at the Moonridge Animal Park in Big Bear. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times

 
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STOP HUNTING MOUNTAIN LIONS! WHAT ARE YOU HUNTING MOUNTAIN LIONS FOR?????? SELL FURS?? OR SELL MEATS OR WHAT? MOUNTAIN LIONS ARE SO SO SO BEAUTIFUL! I M AGAINST HUNTING ANIMALS FOR NO REASONS!

hi,thank you for taking the time to read this i hope
you guys keep mountain lions alive beacause my dream is
to see one you guys should just mind your own buisness
and let them live like god let you live that"s why these
animals hate humans cause we miss judge them .

if we are to have wildlife in the future it needs to be managed, anyone against management of wildlife is just against wildlife case in point in california more mt lions are killed every year than when there was a managed hunt and any problom mt lion is legal to kill , kittens ,female with kittens ,while in arizona there is a season for mt lions and its against the law to kill a kitten or female with kittens also in california the seirra big horn was going to go extinct and there was no debate the mt lions where eating most of the lambs the fish and wildlife service declared an emergancy and went out and killed the mt lions and saved the big horn from going extinct . back before white man settled the valleys and next to most water sources wildlife could roam freely they are now isalated into smaller and smaller mountain ranges and to keep all the wildlife healthy it has to be managed and again anyone against the management of wildlife is just anti wildlife

Why do these cats still have the nerve to not be extinct?

Oregon Cougar Action Team is dedicated to the preservation of Oregon's cougar and the biosystem it sustains. We are a not for profit educational foundation working to promote better management plans and open spaces dedicated to the cougar. Our goal is to offer educational presentations and tools to help citizens, livestock and agriculture enterprises live fear free with cougars as our Native Nations have done for thousands of years. The Nevada cougar management plan is a flawed, unhealthy, irrational plan. Historically, American has been a culture that all to frequently killed anyone or animal they feared, did not understand, or believed may take a form of value from them, (Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States, 1492 to present"). Too many historic distorted views have shaped our culture in adverse ways towards ecosystems, species, and ultimately humans. It is time to remove the shackle of these fears and beliefs and distortions and sow seeds of peace, respect, compassion, community, and living fear free not only with cougars, but also with any issue we do not understand or fear. With today’s growing issues with global warming, it is timely to make changes that protect all life on this planet. Knowledge is power that can remove fear and distorted views. Knowledge empowers people to make better choices and live better lives and develop better communities. Oregon Cougar action team pledges to help stop our reckless march towards irreversible destruction. Cougar are extinct in 36 States of the Union not from habitat loss, but from bad public policy making and hunting such as the Nevada flawed hunting laws are doing. Without collars, it is impossible to know how many cougar each State has. Cougars cross State boundaries and there are more human hunters now than cougars. It is impossible to know how many times the same cougar is counted by numerous hunters. The Nevada plan is a smoke screen for a joy hunt, not a "sustainable" kill. There is no "science" behind what they are doing; there is money however, but not science.

Refusal to balance the books with our natural resources and instead remain dependent on a dysfunctional and outdated system to manage our natural resources and wildlife, will destroy the Oregon we have all come to know and love. Nevada's bad plan will kill Oregon cougar too. We pay a heavy price to look the other way. Oregonians and those in Nevada need to make decisions about our natural resources that are anchored in truth, not secret meetings and bills passed without regard for public input or support primarily the interests of wealthy private hunting clubs. Yes, people in the city count. You drink from the watershed these cougars help keep healthy. You breath the air the forests help provide for you. Hunters are allowed to shoot pregnant elk. Wild sheep succumb to diseases from domestic sheep, Christmas tree growers have open season on deer (keeping 5 of all the deer they shoot) causing cougar to have less food that contributes to livestock conflict, yet the cougar is exploited as the cause for too many bad management plans that undermine the health and vitality of other species. Your deer are sick and populations declining because there are too many humans having fun killing them. If hunters were really hungry, they would not be spending millions per year on weapons and ammo. If they really liked deer meat, there would be deer ranches right along with cattle ranches. The truth is, killing is an emotional illness America is afraid to admit.

The problem is not out there in the wilderness or with a species of animal. The problem lies within us.

Oregon Cougar Action Team, 503-743-2318 OreCat.org
Jayne Miller, Director.

"It's not an effort to exterminate mountain lions," Mayer said. "It's an effort to better manage lions with the prey base."

You missed the extra part of the press conference, let me fill you in:

Oh no, wait, it is an attempt to exterminate the mountain lions, I'm not that much of a jerk to think you would actually believe that trash I was talking. Ha Ha.

Remember they can’t be endangered if we “manage” to get them all dead!

Cougars (aka mountain lion, puma, panther, catamount, ghost cat) have been a top carnivore in American ecosystems for millennia, and as such have helped regulate ungulate populations, mainly by preying on the weak and infirm; thus allowing the stronger members of herds to reproduce. Wildlife populations naturally fluctuate in response to environmental conditions. For example, in years with ample rain, there is plenty of browse for ungulates and their populations increase; conversely, during times of drought there is less browse and numbers of individuals decreases. While this is happening, the numbers of predators also fluctuates. Nature has worked this way since the beginning of time. Human hunting does not mimic nature, as hunters generally choose the largest, most impressive specimens as targets, thereby removing the most robust genetics from the herd. I strongly discourage the Nevada Department of Wildlife from increasing hunting of cougars in the name of improving deer herds.

Sincerely,

Michele Korpos, Wildlife Ecologist


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