Stop SB738 allowing for the killing of Mountain Lions for any reason.
  • Petitioned Missouri Governor

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Missouri Governor
Missouri State Senate
Missouri State House

Stop SB738 allowing for the killing of Mountain Lions for any reason.

    1. Craig Lanham
    2. Petition by

      Craig Lanham

      St Louis, MO

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May 2012

Victory

From Petition Creator Craig Lanham: Congratulations to you all ! Missouri State Senate Bill SB738 is no longer a threat to Mountain Lions in Missouri ! Due to the furor it created it never left the committee it was assigned to, and a long wait until the closing of the Missouri General Assembly session began. The opposition to the bill continued until 6:00 pm, May 18th, 2012 when the Assembly closed it's session. Mountain Lions are no longer under the threat of being hunted down like vile, evil monsters. Mountain Lions can continue to re-colonize the places it was extirpated from so long ago. The Missouri Department of Conservations' Mountain Lion Response Team can continue their important work of educating the public about Mountain Lions. It is people like you who made the difference ! It is organizations like: The Cougar Rewilding Foundation The Mountain Lion Foundation The Felidae Conservation Fund The Cougar Fund The BI-State Wildlife Hotline The Natural Resources Defence Council that made the difference !

SB738 has been introduced to the Missouri State Senate floor by Missouri State Senator Bill Stouffer that would allow for the killing of Mountain Lions by anyone for any reason. The Mountain Lion was stripped of State endangered species status in 2006. SB738 would not only take the Mountain Lions last piece of protection, but would make it a target for destruction in Missouri. 
To single out a specific species of wildlife for destruction harks of a time that the killing of wildlife drove species to the edge of extinction such as the American Bison. Some species such as the Passenger Pigeon were shot from the sky forever.
Times have changed and the understanding of ecology has grown by leaps and bounds. Keystone Species such as Mountain Lions are crucial in the balance and health of our environment. The preservation and conservation of declining wild cat populations has become an important international issue. 
The Missouri Department of Conservation has been innovative in its' approach to Mountain Lions with the formation of a Mountain Lion Response Team. The Missouri Department of Conservation is more than capable of handling the Conservation of Mountain Lions

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Long live Puma Concolor

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      Congratulations to you all !

      Missouri State Senate Bill SB738 is no longer a threat to Mountain Lions in Missouri !

      Due to the furor it created it never left the committee it was assigned to, and a long wait until the closing of the Missouri General Assembly session began. The opposition to the bill continued until 6:00 pm, May 18th, 2012 when the Assembly closed it's session.

      Mountain Lions are no longer under the threat of being hunted down like vile, evil monsters.

      Mountain Lions can continue to re-colonize the places it was extirpated from so long ago.
      The Missouri Department of Conservations' Mountain Lion Response Team can continue their important work of educating the public about Mountain Lions.

      It is people like you who made the difference !

      It is organizations like:
      The Cougar Rewilding Foundation
      The Mountain Lion Foundation
      The Felidae Conservation Fund
      The Cougar Fund
      The BI-State Wildlife Hotline
      The Natural Resources Defence Council
      that made the difference !

    2. Congratulations to all of you !

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      Missouri Senate Bill. 738 is now a part of history. Everyone of you who signed, commented ,and shared are responsible for it never leaving the committee it was assigned to. The backlash came from many directions with some fantastic organizations supporting you and your opposition to this senseless bill !
      Congratulations and thank you for making your voices count. It does matter. Long live the Mountain Lion !
      Craig Lanham

    3. 24 hours !

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      In 24 hours this petition will be a success !

    4. Four more days !

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      Almost history!

    5. Eight more days !

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      This campaign is almost over! More suggested reading on Mountain Lions. Click the link below.....

    6. The Facts about Mountain Lions !

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      The Missouri Department of Conservation is putting out great information about Mountain Lions! Click the link below....

    7. A well traveled Mountain Lion !

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      Chad Garrison of the Riverfront times writes about a mountain lions journey from South Dakota, thru Missouri all the way to Michigan. Thankfully SB 738 is not a law or it would have been hunted down in Missouri.

    8. Waiting

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      SB 738 has not left the Missouri Senate Committee it was assigned to.

      Members of the Natural Resources Defense Council recently went to the Missouri State Capitol and met with a few members of the committee concerning this bill. The NRDC described the meeting as very positive.

      May 18, 2012 is the end of the current legislative session. If the bill stays where it is at , this campaign will end on May 19th.

      Until then I am recommending some great reading to pass the time as we watch and wait.

      William Stolzenburg wrote the excellent book " Where the Wild Things Where ". The book will give you a greater understanding of predators, how important they are, and how humans came to this conclusion.

      Here is the link......http://www.thewildthings.net/

      And thank you all for signing !

      Craig

    9. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      Ticks spread Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. A potentially fatal disease in humans. They do so by using deer to move them around. The lack of large predators in Missouri has caused the deer population to boom. It appears the deer have moved heavily into St. Louis County. Bringing disease. See link....

    10. SB738 stalled in Committee

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      Education is the key to understanding large carnivores...check out link...

    11. Link to ACTION ALERT

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      The Mountain Lion Foundation has a Missouri Mountain Lion action alert ! Fantastic !

    12. Great news !!!

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      The Natural Resources Defense Council is investigating how they can help defeat Missouri Senate Bill 738 that would allow the killing of Mountain Lions for any reason.
      This is fantastic news !!
      http://www.nrdc.org/

    13. We will not stop !

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      The Missouri State Senate is on Spring break until Monday March 19th.

      We are not !

      Please Sign..then share..and then share again.

      This is your petition ! Your signature generates an email to the Missouri State Assembly , both House and Senate, and to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon who holds a veto pen.

    14. Stouffer declares Mountain Lions an "Invasive Species"

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      Senator Stouffer told the newspaper the New American Republic he created SB738 so his constituents would not get in trouble for killing Mountain Lions.
      Now that his bill is being reviewed by the Agricultural, Food Production, and Outdoor Resources committee, a committee he sits on , he now wants to define Mountain Lions as an "Invasive Species !" Despite the fact they have been here long before any European saw Missouri. Plus they have not caused damage to the State.
      Since Stouffer seems to think he is the new crusader against invasive species I dare him to go after the real invasive species. Asian Carp, fescue, honeysuckle. Trout are not native to Missouri. I dare you to try and shutdown the five trout hatcheries the State runs. See what happens. Why pick and choose ?
      It would look great in your bid for Missouri Secretary of State this election year.

      (Anglers ,I am not anti-trout just anti-SB738)

    15. Senator Stouffers bill is a direct attack on the Missouri Constitution !!

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      The Missouri State Constitution in Article IV section 40(a) clearly states that all regulation and. Control pertainining to conservation is vested to a Governor appointed Conservation Commision. Not a State Senator. Senator Stouffers' Bill to allow the killing of Mountain Lions for any reason is unconstitutional.

      I have provided a link to Article IV of the Missouri State Constitution....

    16. Public hearing at Missouri State Senate !

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      Public Hearings for SB738 before the Senate Commision assigned this bill is Wednesday Febuary 29, at 1:30pm. Sorry for the last minute post but I was just informed. This is your chance to stand before them and tell them that you oppose the killing of Mountain Lions for any reason!

    17. Reached 1,000 signatures
    18. Myths and folklore

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      A popular rumour that circulates through out Missouri is that the Missouri Department of Conservation re- introduces predators in Missouri. It was said about Bobcats, Black Bear and Mountain Lions.

      When you press the teller of this far fetched conspiracy theory you usually get a riveting verification that is similiar to this,
      " It's true, my brothers' best friends' Uncle can tell you !"

      The Missouri Department of Conservation does not re-introduce predators into the State.

      The amount of money spent plus as many people it would take to run such a program it would be found out.

      A guy recently told me that they are now releasing Wolves here.
      He also told me that hurricanes in the Great Lakes are more powerful than any found in the Ocean.

    19. 900!

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      The list of signers we have wildlife professionals, zoo professionals, wildlife rehabilitators, reporters, musicians, lawyers, construction workers, conservation professionals, police officers, firefighters, photographers, artists, nurses, bioligists, students, and naturalists to name a few.
      We have hikers , hunters, campers, anglers, birders,Ironmen, runners, cyclists, adventurers, boaters, horse riders, trail builders, conservationists, environmentalists, preservationists, and I won't forget to add the canoe and kayak people too.
      We have people who have put the word out via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, blogs, websites, news, emails phone calls and text.
      Like Nadira S who motivates people to "Be a voice of an angel"
      Simone who made an action alert on care2care.

      And many, many others.

      We have people from all over the World. watching closely !
      All putting their peice of the puzzle down to spell out loud and clear , NO KILLING MOUNTAIN LIONS !!

    20. A reason why?

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      From the Felidae Conservation Fund....

    21. SB 738 is Unconstitutional !

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      The Missouri State Constitution in Article IV subsection 40(a) clearly states that all regulation and laws pertainining to conservation is vested to a Governor appointed Conservation Commision. Not a State Senator. Senator Stouffers' Bill to allow the killing of Mountain Lions for any reason is unconstitutional.

      I have provided a link to Article IV of the Missouri State Constitution....

    22. About to go past 800 signatures !

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks everyone for supporting each other when signing ! Everyones voice together makes a lot of noise!
      Here is a list of organizations that have shown their support for this petition and their websites.....check them out.....they are against SB738 as well.....

      The Mountain Lion Foundation.... http://www.mountainlion.org/

      The Cougar Rewilding Foundation... http://www.easterncougar.org/

      The BI-State Wildlife Hotline... http://www.wildlifehotline.com/welcome/mammals/mountain-lion/

      The Cougar Fund... http://www.cougarfund.org/

      The Felidae Conservation Foundation... http://felidaefund.org/

      And we are on Facebook!

    23. Reached 750 signatures
    24. 600+ and climbing

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      Read thru the comments and wow, what a great bunch of people ! There are hunters, hikers, people who work directly with wildlife and a large group of passionate people! I want you all to know I will weed out the bad eggs long before this petition is sent. I anticipated some wackos would show up.
      So here is another link. It is from the Missouri Dept. Of Conservation. Great advice about Mountain Lions. No ignorance....no fear...no folklore ...no myths.....

    25. I have been busy

      Craig Lanham
      Petition Organizer

      I have been busy all day trying to drum up support from many organizations. But I am never to busy to say what a great group of people we have here ! I do believe only great things can happen with the gathering of incredible people !

      A link to our supporters at the Cougar Rewilding Foundation

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Nicholas Ross TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      You should pass this bill IF you want Missouri to look like a state full of ignorant, backward hicks. If you want to appear to be a evolved human being living in a western democracy in the 21st century, I suggest you throw this bill in the garbage where it belongs.

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    • MARY WOLFE KENNARD, NE
      • over 2 years ago

      YOU KNOW, ALL OF THE WILDLIFE KILLINGS GET ME...WE BUILD OUR NEW HOMES AND LIL TOWNS IN THESE ANIMALS TERRITORY AND ITS OK TO KILL THEM JUST BECAUSE? I THINK NOT!!!!! WE ARE IN THEIR LAND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. MAN"KIND" JUST FIND IT EASIER TO KILL A PROBLEM THAN A SOLUTION. DEATH IS NOT A SOLUTION.

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    • Christine Senchesen MONROEVILLE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      They deserve to be saved!!!!

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    • Jane Wanberg CAMARILLO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      We need to do whatever we can to stop the senseless murder of our beautiful wildlife.

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    • stuart tiller OLATHE, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      Mountain Lions are a cornerston species. They pose very little danger to humans. In the past 150 years there has only been around 20 deaths from mt lion attacks. Humans pose a greater threat to other humans than any other species. We need to continue to protect all predators otherwise non predator species will dominant causing greater enviromental issues.

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