Arizonans for Wildlife is working to protect our state’s wild cats from extreme cruelty by prohibiting the trophy hunting and trapping of mountain lions, bobcats, ocelots, jaguars and lynx.
Every year thousands of mountain lions and bobcats are killed in Arizona by some of the cruelest methods imaginable. Bobcats are trapped and left to languish in excruciating pain for hours using painful and indiscriminate steel-jawed, leghold traps, and both bobcats and mountain lions are chased down with packs of trailing hounds then shot at point blank range. If a trophy hunter or trapper kills a mother wild cat, her dependent kittens will die from dehydration, starvation, predation or exposure.
Arizonans for Wildlife represents a broad coalition working to end the trophy hunting of wild cats. It is not the Arizona way to chase down mountain lions with packs of trailing hounds, or trap bobcats using archaic and painful devices. Jaguars, ocelots, and lynx can fall victim to these cruel methods as well. By allowing this to continue, we are further jeopardizing their survival in Arizona. Because the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Arizona Legislature have failed to adequately protect Arizona’s wild cats over the decades, we call upon Arizona’s voters to use the most democratic of processes: the ballot box to remedy this failure.
Published 3/1/2018 in Arizona Public Media by Beth Surdut
Author and wildlife illustrator Beth Surdut focuses on mountain lions, and how sometimes, the hunter can become the hunted.
Published 12/10 by The Arizona Republic
News broke recently that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would allow African elephants and lions to be killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia by American trophy hunters and their heads and hides brought back home to the United States. The agency’s announcement was met with an overwhelming flood of criticism from across the social and political spectrum. The most important critic is President Trump himself.
Published 11/07/17 in azdailysun.com by Kim Crumbo
Mountain lions are hunted, not for food, but for trophy, that is either for fun or to display of body parts as a rug or wall ornament. Recent research demonstrates that twenty-four percent of Arizona’s population enjoys wildlife watching. Only three percent hunt.