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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