Just as biologists note that mountain lions (also called cougars or pumas) are vital drivers in their native ecosystems, decision makers allow unsustainable levels of exploitation of their populations. In 2011, the USDA’s wildlife killing agency killed over 400 mountain lions—this is in addition to heavy-handed trophy hunting allowed by state wildlife-management agencies.
By modulating deer populations, mountain lions prevent overgrazing near fragile riparian habitats. The result: more cottonwoods, rushes, cattails, wildflowers, amphibians, lizards, and butterflies, as well as deeper but narrower stream channels. In short, when mountain lions are essential to the landscape. Where they are present, there is greater biological diversity and greater ecosystem function.
WildEarth Guardians believes all wildlife has a place on the landscape and taxpayers should not be forced to fund massive wildlife killing for the benefit of hunters (who wrongly believe they compete with mountain lions for deer or elk), nor those agribusiness (who routinely exaggerate minuscule livestock losses from mountain lions and other native carnivores).
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States and Trophy hunting: http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/PageServer?pagename=priorities_wildlife_carnivore_protection#.UWLjN4Ks0-8
Lions and ecosystem health: http://www.cof.orst.edu/leopold/papers/cougar_cascades_ripple_beschta_2006.pdf
Hunters complain about resource competition: http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/DocServer/Wolf_Report_20120503.pdf?docID=5202
Livestock losses: http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/PageServer?pagename=priorities_wildlife_war_wildlife_livestock_losses#.UWLif4Ks0-8
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