Make a Symbolic Mountain Lion adoption to help save some of the world’s most endangered animals from extinction and support conservation efforts. #10billionandbust
- Soft plush version of your adopted animal (for age 3 and up)
- Size – 7in H X 5in W X 54in L
- Feel – Soft & cuddly, stuffed w hypoallergenic fiber fill
- Fine, plush fabric
- Realistically detailed
- 5″ x 7″ formal adoption certificate
- 5″ x 7″ full-color framed photo of your species
The historic range of the mountain lion included almost all of North and South America. The species was so wide-reaching and populous that it had multiple subspecies that varied based on location. Throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, people feared the mountain lion because it posed a risk to their livestock. The species was maliciously hunted and almost eradicated from the eastern United States. Due to conservation efforts, mountain lion populations in the western United States are stable, although far lower than they were historically. While there are still several thousand mountain lions in the wild, their population has significantly decreased from their historical population due to unsustainable hunting, habitat destruction, and conflicts with livestock.
Mountain lions are an “umbrella species” for conservation because their conservation depends on the preservation of large amounts of habitat. A mountain lion usually requires about 13 times as much area as a black bear or 40 times as much area as a bobcat to thrive. By preserving enough wilderness to support a stable mountain lion population, countless other species of plants and animals that share mountain lion habitat benefit.
The eastern cougar, a subspecies of mountain lion, was declared officially extinct by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 2011, although individuals from western populations have been confirmed to wander as far as the East Coast. Florida panthers, the other U.S. subspecies of mountain lion, are listed as critically endangered on the endangered species list. There are less than 160 Florida panthers left in the wild.
Animal Diversity Web, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology