Mountain Lions in Texas can currently be hunted and trapped year-round without any harvest limits, seasons, reporting, or management. As the Texas human population increases and our landscapes become increasingly fragmented, it is critical that we better understand this species and create a management plan to conserve them into the future.
We are a coalition of landowners, hunters, biologists, and organizations dedicated to the conservation of the Texan mountain lion.
We support the ranching and hunting heritage that is the foundation for wildlife conservation in Texas. We are NOT an anti-hunting organization. We believe that mountain lions are important to the culture and ecology of Texas and that a realistic management plan must respect landowner rights and the contributions of hunters and ranchers to landscape conservation.
We are concerned about mountain lions because of limited information, no safeguards, and concerning research that indicates extremely high mortality rates and separation between the West Texas and South Texas populations.
It is crucial that we conduct research to identify the size, status, and distribution of mountain lions in our state so that we understand the existing Texas population.
Reporting harvest to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will provide crucial information on mountain lion distribution and trends in the state of Texas.
It is currently legal in the state of Texas to capture wild mountain lions and then sell these animals in a canned hunt – which is ridiculous and should be banned.
Require 36-hour trap check times so mountain lions do not die from exposure. These are consistent with furbearer trapping regulations & industry ethical standards.
Different regions require different strategies to ensure a healthy future for mountain lions. Manage in state areas where the population is in decline or imperiled.
Form a diverse stakeholder advisory group that will collaborate with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to establish a management plan for mountain lions.
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UNDERSTANDING TEXAN ATTITUDES TOWARD MOUNTAIN LIONS
Read a few articles that discuss texas mountain lions
“Not only are mountain lions crucial to our state's ecoystem, but they are also some of the most magnificent and beautiful creatures and Texas has no protections for them. It is imperative that we act now to get involved and raise awareness.”
“It's time for Texans to choose conservation over inaction and to remedy the ongoing neglect of this iconic keystone species.”
“It’s decades past time Texas has a mountain lion management plan.”
"Wildlife belongs to everyone. Let’s ensure our mountain lion endures for future generations.”
"The ultimate Texas wildlife viewing experience would be to see a mountain lion in the Davis Mountains and a whale shark off the Texas coast."
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Let Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas state officials know that you support the sustainable management of mountain lions using the form.
The letter will be emailed to the following people/offices: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, your State Senator, your State Representative, TPWD Wildlife Division, and TPWD Executive Director-Carter Smith.
P.O. Box 2484
Alpine, TX 79831