Be a Voice for Texas Mountain Lions!

In less than one minute, you can use your voice to become part of wildlife history by giving mountain lions in Texas the most basic protection.

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BACKGROUND.

In the United States, only fifteen states have breeding populations of mountain lions (also known as pumas, cougars, or panthers). Unfortunately, Texas is the only state of the fifteen with zero species protections. Males, females, and cubs can be killed year-round with no limits on harvest. Texas is one of two states that allows the recreational trapping of mountain lions (As of May 2023, Utah also allows this kind of trapping). When the cats are caught, it can take days to die from dehydration and exposure.

While the mountain lions’ numbers in Texas are uncertain, ample research suggests they are steadily declining. They once roamed the state but are now sparsely found in West and South Texas. Mountain lions are afforded zero protection because the species is classified as non-game.

Why is it important as a Texan that we give these basic protections?

  • The Texas mountain lion is an iconic species.
  • Apex predators like mountain lions play an important role in regulating lower species.
  • Texas has no management plan for the Texas mountain lion, and its long-term survival isn’t guaranteed in this state. These are steps in the right direction.

Now, for the first time in over fifty years since this classification, the Texas mountain lion has a chance for a better future. 

PROPOSED REGULATIONS.

On Thursday, May 23rd, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will vote on two proposed regulations, including a ban on canned hunting of the species and a 36-hour trap check time as described in more detail below:

  • Ban on Canned Hunting. A canned hunt occurs when a mountain lion is captured and may be released to be hunted in a confined area. Those who abide by “fair chase” hunting do not approve of this type of hunting because it does not provide the mountain lion with the opportunity to escape.

  • Trap check times for 36 Hours. This proposed regulation would make it illegal for a mountain lion to be left in a trap for days or weeks until it succumbs to exposure or dehydration. Regular trap checks will also reduce the number of deaths of non-target species, like Texas’ threatened black bear. It’s important to note that while this ban would end the mountain lion’s suffering sooner, it does not prevent Texas landowners from trapping for predation management.


ACTION ALERT: SUBMIT YOUR FORM

In order to take action, please click here and include your name, county of residence, and whether you hold a Texas hunting or fishing license or both.

Most importantly, please click "Agree Completely" on the TPWD Public Comment Form. [Pictured Below]

Submit Your Name

The entire process takes less than one minute, and it is very important to demonstrate to the Commissioners of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission the vast public support in affording Texas mountain lions the most basic protections. 

The comments deadline is May 21.

 

Special thanks to Texas Native Cats for continuing their work and never giving up on the Texas mountain lion.

Please act NOW, as this is your opportunity to have a real voice in the future of our apex carnivore!