- Mountain Lion Classification in Texas
In 2005, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) published a Wildlife Action Plan, a “Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy”.
The plan was a combined effort among scientists, TPWD staff, and conservationists to identify the needs of animal species and habitats as well as meet the required elements of the State Wildlife Grant Program (US Fish and Wildlife Service).
In the TPWD plan, mountain lions are classified as a species of concern and listed as imperiled in the state of Texas because of “their rarity due to very restricted range, very few populations (often 20 or fewer), steep declines, or other factors making it [Mountain Lion] very vulnerable to extirpation from the state” (classification as imperiled (S2), pages 17 and 51 Section IV)) (TPWD, 2005).
TPWD Wildlife Action Plan (2005) recommendations for species management (Section IV, page 212):
- Develop landowner incentives to work on maintaining a stable population.
- Education and outreach to inform people of the role of mountain lions.
- Develop a statewide management plan.
- Develop better method for recording hunter/trapper take.
- Review regulatory status.
As of today, 2009, none of the above recommendations have been implemented.