Kofa lion 'KM03' before he was tracked using a GPS collar and killed by the State of Arizona on March 29
PEER news release, 4/21; Yuma Sun article; Invisible Voices
UPDATE, 4/19: AP story in the San Diego Union-Tribune; also New York Times.
YUMA AZ -- Some good environmental news breaking this afternoon.
Responding to concerns of conservationists, including me on behalf of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and Arizona Game & Fish Dept. today announced a moratorium on killing rare pumas (aka mountain lion or cougar) in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge region of the Sonoran Desert in southwestern Arizona.
FWS will soon start an overdue public process on a mountain lion plan for the Kofa NWR. Contact Mitch Ellis at mitch_ellis(at)fws(dot)gov to get on the mailing list and comment.
This is good break for the pumas, and a smart move by the agencies.
But the bureaucrats continue to mislead by pushing 2006 bighorn population numbers, preferring not to call attention to their own more recent 2007 data which shows bighorn populations increasing significantly on the Kofa from 392 to 460 animals.
We should all be glad bighorn populations are going up on the Kofa, and the government should be honest about it.