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December Member Appeal

December 19, 2012

Dear Cougar Rewilding Foundation Member,

Good holidays, but gloomy cougar news for the second half of 2012. Here’s a recap:

  • South Dakota conveniently padded its Black Hills’ cougar population estimate and raised its hunting quota, including a female subquota targeting 80% of the estimated breeding females for 2013.
  • Wyoming, already managing its section of the Black Hills as a population sink, split one hunting zone into two zones and raised its quotas.
  • Cougar mortalities and captures outside the prairie colonies dropped by half in 2012 from 2011, an indication that the Black Hills’ hunts are effectively diminishing any chance for cougar recolonization eastward.
  • Roadkills of Southern panthers reached a new record, reinforcing the need for panther restorations outside their dwindling habitat in southwest Florida.

Despite the Cougar Rewilding Foundation’s efforts and the efforts of cougar advocates across the country, we were unable to change the minds of state game commissions floating lies about cougar numbers and prey depredations bent on appeasing a tithe of their constituencies.  Cougar management needs a profound restructuring, one with the cougar installed as the primary agent for stabilizing ecosystems, one we began to consider in our series of articles about cougar recovery throughout all of their former range. As our November newsletter highlighted in our groundbreaking call for a National Cougar Recovery Plan, no region east of the Rockies is too populated, or too developed to support thousands of big cats: just ask California.

In 2013, we’ll continue our series on cougar recovery, provide regular cougar news updates and newsletters, report from lectures and panel discussions scheduled in Tennessee, Wyoming, New York and Kentucky (so far), and keep you abreast of our work to restore not only cougars, but eastern ecosystems still missing entire suites of their big, native fauna.

Please, renew your membership or donate today, and keep the Cougar Rewilding Foundation on the leading edge of cougar, and ecosystem, recovery.


Christopher Spatz, President

Cougar Rewilding Foundation

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