Mountain lion Puma concolor
ESA status: none

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Conserving these reclusive golden cats has long been a priority for WildEarth Guardians, with our focus on eliminating or greatly reducing hunting quotas set by state wildlife agencies and the game commissions that oversee them. In the past we instituted new policies to educate hunters about the need to protect lactating females to ensure young kittens aren’t abandoned. We’re now fighting a proposal to allow trapping of cougars in New Mexico. Ultimately we believe we need new state governance structures to ensure that these rare but widespread animals are treated with respect and awe instead of fear and hatred.

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