Changes to Mountain Lion Policy Yielding Positive Results August 7, 2013 California

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Changes to Mountain Lion Policy Yielding Positive Results August 7, 2013 California, CDFW News
     The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has seen a significant reduction in mountain lions killed as a result of new policy implemented in February without a risk to public safety. The new policy allows for more non-lethal options when there is an interaction between a mountain lion and humans.
     “Last year, I directed the department’s leadership team to evaluate our guidelines on how we respond to interactions with mountain lions and bears to determine how we can do better,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “I’m pleased that we have struck the balance and are witnessing fewer mountain lions killed without sacrificing any wildlife officer’s authority to make the correct public safety call for each situation.”
     The previous human/wildlife interaction policy evaluation was fast tracked after two notable lethal mountain lion interactions took place at the end of 2012. The stories of these interactions elevated the department’s need to evaluate current policy and to make changes to allow the use of non-lethal means. As part of the evaluation, senior CDFW leadership met with many interested stakeholders from both sides of the issue...



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