Our future as a heritage sport could be at stake
Author Ralph Bosse
Monday - October 23, 2017 9:05 pm
Most of us are aware of the ballot initiative petition the HSUS is
seeking to bring to fruition for 2018. This is from an email statement
Justin Sowden sent me. Some of the HSUS petition wording is in this
Arizona Wildlife Federation Position Statement on the September 25,
2017 Humane Society proposed initiative to ban the killing of all
Arizona Cat Species; Mountain Lion, Bobcat, Lynx, Jaguar and Ocelot in
This initiative proposes to permanently remove key wildlife management
tools used by Arizona's professional wildlife managers, which are
supported by both the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
and paid for by hunters to ensure healthy populations. It chooses to
prohibit certain methods of wildlife harvest that are legal and
carefully regulated. It will permanently remove $200,000 of feline
wildlife management funding. It ignores the science and population
data for Arizona's wild cat species demonstrating they are present in
robust populations.
The Arizona Wildlife Federation recommends that well informed Arizona
residents and voters ignore this attempt to pit personal emotion over
wildlife science and to reject this proposal based on sound wildlife
science and management.
For more details on the AWF Position Statement, please read AWF
Position Statement on Humane Society Proposed Initiative
Bob Rhoton
November 1st, 2017 1:47 pm
once again this important legislation cannot be ignored. Be active and talk to everyone you know about the positive aspects of predator control by trapping
Justin Sowden
January 11th, 2018 1:14 am
Dose Arizona need this proposed ban on big cat hunting?
Dose Arizona really need this proposed ban on big cat hunting? Lion cub protection is one of the main concerns voiced by the supporters of this proposed ban on hunting big cats, but there are already protections for cubs under current law. The Arizona Game & Fish hunting regulations are set up to protect the Mountain Lions and prevent over-population. Lack of management and overpopulation are a larger threat to big cats than regulated hunting is.

Do lion cubs need additional protection?
Lion cub protection is one of the main concerns voiced by the supporters of this proposed ban on hunting big cats. The Arizona Game & Fish department has already addressed this. Beginning in 2018, the season will once more be closed during the summer months when, as research shows, mountain lion births are at their peak. Once the season reopens, it is unlawful to harvest any lion in the presence of spotted kittens. By the time a mountain lion outgrows its spots, it is ready to be on its own, as mountain lions are solitary cats.
Is Arizona’s Mountain Lion population sustainable?
The Arizona Game & Fish hunting regulations are set up to protect the Mountain Lions and prevent over-population, which ultimately protects all wildlife, including the Mountain Lion. All harvested mountain lions are inspected by the Arizona Game & Fish department within 10 days of harvest. For the last 20 years, the harvest has remained between 250 and 350 lions of the state-wide population of 2,000 to 2,700 with no sign of decline. The new regulations for 2018 will further protect the population. For example, this nocturnal animal may now only be hunted during daylight hours. Also, beginning in July 2018, Mountain Lion management zones and harvest thresholds will be created. Any zone can be closed to hunting, at any time, if the threshold number is met or if the number of female lions reaches 25 percent of the harvest. This means the populations are protected on a local level.
So, what is the biggest threat to Arizona’s Mountain Lion population?
Over-population, would occur if this ban on hunting Mountain Lions became law. In California, (the only western state to ban lion hunting) the number of Mountain Lion deaths are higher now, than while regulated hunting was allowed. This is due to increased traffic fatalities, increased predation on domestic animals, and increased number of human endangerments. All of which are signs and effects of over-population, as well as decreased numbers of prey. Mountain Lions have always been managed, in the natural world. Their numbers were managed by drought, prey availability, and their primary competition: the wolf. These conditions man has permanently changed with the removal of wolves, the adding of dams, and other land management practices. These permanent changes to the landscape have increased the number of prey animals in many areas and because wolves no longer provide competition, the only form of management left is regulated hunting. If this last management tool is lost to us, it would lead to over-population and the unpredictable consequences that come with it. As a society we have removed many of the management tools of the natural world. Therefore it would be irresponsible to cease managing the environment we have created. Wildlife science does not support this proposed ban on hunting big cats, and neither should you.
Please refuse to sign this initiative.
justin sowden
January 14th, 2018 2:35 am
Protect Arizona’s Wildlife
Do not Sign the petition to ban hunting of wild cats in Arizona.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has now entered the Arizona ballot initiative process for the 2018 election cycle. They are currently collecting signatures to put a bill on the ballot that would ban all hunting of Bobcats and Mountain lions in the state. Such a ban would have a negative effect on wildlife state wide. The HSUS has put out a press release full of misinformation meant to tug at the heartstrings and move the public to ban both trapping and hunting of all wildcats.
Below are links that oppose the ban and are quite informative. Please share them and continue to check them for further updates. Thanks
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This is a video of an animal rights activist admitting they don’t know what they are doing.
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