Yellowstone Grizzlies at the Crossroads


Photo: Thomas D. Mangelsen / Images of Nature

With delisting an increasingly likely prospect, acclaimed author Todd Wilkinson and renowned wildlife photographer/Cougar Fund co-founder Thomas Mangelsen consider what’s next for the grizzly. As the states of Idaho, order valtrex from canada Montana, and Wyoming deliberate whether to hunt the bear, Wilkinson and Mangelsen present us with powerful and compelling reasons to reject the notion of killing these high-functioning animals for sport.

What’s next for Santa Monica’s lions?

Cougars Working Their Way Back Into Midwest

A new study published in the journal Ecological Modeling has predicted that cougars may recolonize large blocks of suitable habitat in the Midwest within the next 25 years. While it appears ecologically possible, it also needs to be socially possible! Head over to our Living With Cougars page for more information on how to live and recreate safely amongst mountain lions. We can coexist!

To read the full story from Smithsonian, click here.

Florida to Spend Big on Fence to Keep Panthers Off Highway

Famed Santa Monica Lion Death Due to Rat Poison

Lab tests have confirmed that well-known Santa Monica lion P-34’s death was caused by exposure to rodenticides. P-34 is the third mountain lion in Santa Monica National Recreation Area’s long-running study to die from rodenticide poisoning. Click here to read the full story from the Thousand Oaks Acorn.

It is always encouraging when decision makers respond positively to our appeals.

Thanks to Governor Inslee for listening to the plea of  advocates. He has made a decision that inspires respect for you, and in turn, respect for the process of the great state your represent. We hope that future season setting will be based upon the sound science that flows from Washington’s Academic Institutions and from WDFW’s very own Biological Field Staff.

Be Careful with Rodenticides to Protect Mountain Lions

With winter on its way and little critters looking for a nice cozy place (like your home!) to stay warm, the great folks at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area have reminded us of the potential buy valtrex cream online dangers that rodenticides pose to cougars and other wildlife. If you must use rodenticides, please be cautious.

Looking for alternatives to rodenticides? Check out for some innovative ideas!

Rat poison and local wildlife

Is This What the Future Looks Like for Greater Yellowstone’s Grizzlies?

On Tuesday, November 3rd and Wednesday, November 4th, the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee convened in Jackson, Wyoming to discuss current trends in the Yellowstone grizzly population and the status of any forthcoming rule to delist the iconic bear. Members of the Committee presented data on population estimates, trends, and mortality, and the Committee believes that all signs point towards a recovered population that no longer needs Endangered Species Act protections.

While there are many groups and individuals that believe delisting the bear now would be premature due to threats resulting from ongoing changes to habitat, food sources, and the climate, there is another threat looming: sport hunting. Sport hunting of large carnivores is a brutal, antiquated practice of random killing that is provided by wildlife managers as a “recreational opportunity” for a very small minority. The post-delisting world for Greater Yellowstone’s grizzlies will very likely be one in which sport hunting of the magnificent bear occurs. Is this the future we desire for Yellowstone’s most iconic resident?

Click here to see for yourself what grizzly bear hunting looks like…

Warning: The article contains graphic photos and videos from a real grizzly bear hunt.

Nebraskans Want Mountain Lions Protected

A Letter to the Editor in the Lincoln Journal Star calls for an end to mountain lion hunting and support for Senator Ernie Chambers’ Legislative Bill 127. Click here to read the letter.