Stop Slaughter of Rare Mountain Lions


Target: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

Goal: Prevent slaughter of rare mountain lions in the western U.S.

In the past decade, thousands of rare mountain lions have been killed by trophy hunters, according to a report by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona are listed as the states with the highest number of mountain lions slaughtered for sport in the past decade. In Arizona alone, nearly 2,900 of these big cats were killed. That number only increases in the other four states. According to HSUS, these states do a poor job of properly monitoring their mountain lion population, frequently allow multiple killings and do not have season limits.

Trophy hunters prize these big cats as mounted displays or rugs. They often use packs of dogs wearing radio collars to corner the big cats and make for an easy kill shot. The mountain lion is a rare and beautiful animal, making it a target for trophy hunters and in need of our protection.

Demand legal protections are implemented to prevent this slaughter.


Dear Ms. Jewell,

Mountain lions in the western U.S. are being slaughtered by trophy hunters at an alarming rate. According to a Humane Society of the United States report that collected data for the past decade, nearly 2,900 of these magnificent animals were killed in Arizona alone. Ahead of Arizona in the top five are Utah, Colorado, Montana and Idaho, each with increasingly higher numbers of mountain lions killed for sport. According the HSUS report, these states do a poor job of properly monitoring the mountain lion population and do not impose hunting limits.

Trophy hunters seek mountain lions for decorative purposes, but these cats occupy a critical place in the food chain and must be preserved from extinction.

We demand legal measures are taken to protect these beautiful big cats from slaughter by trophy hunters.


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  1. Gene Sengstake says:

    Totally agree with Cindy. Killing animals for so-called (trophy) sport is the depraved passion of a rather pathetic group of egotistical individuals – – –

  2. What in the hell is happening to this country? Are we losing all of our compassion, empathy and humanity?

    Trophy hunters are sadistic sociopaths. Allowing them to cruelly slaughter our precious wildlife–to mount on the wall or put rugs on the floor–is insane, demented and barbaric!

    Save and protect these rare and beautiful mountain lions and save this country from further moral decay!

  3. Deborah Craig says:

    If over-populated India can put up with wild tigers, relatively unpopulated western U.S. should be able to live with cougars.

  4. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Sally – I can’t believe this bullshit still goes on! Trophy Hunters slaughtering wildlife for the hell of it? What kind of a nation are we? The Animal Kingdom are citizens of this Earth and they deserve our respect and protection! You are in a position to put an end to this barbaric ‘sport’, so please! Do the right thing here and save these majestic creatures. We have invaded the Homes and Homeland of nearly every animal on this planet yet we were never invited…

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