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Mountain lion action plan
In 2004, the Arizona Game and Fish Department held three public workshops to take public input on a draft protocol for responding to human-mountain lion encounters. The workshops were held in Tucson, Flagstaff, and Phoenix, and were attended by 240 people.

A summary report was generated for the Tucson workshop and the report was posted on the department Web site, where additional public comment was taken for 30 days. The results of the Tucson workshop, along with additional public comment, became the basis for the Flagstaff and Phoenix workshops. Additional changes were made to the protocol based on those workshops.

In February 2005 the department hosted a focus group with participants from stakeholder groups to discuss and test the protocol. Several human-mountain lion encounter scenarios and department responses were reviewed and critiqued by the focus group and participants. Among those attending were representatives of sportsmen's clubs, Sierra Club, Animal Defense League of Arizona, and university-based wildlife experts. Participants reached consensus, and forwarded a final protocol out of that meeting.

The final protocol was approved by the department director. Following the director's approval, employee training on the elements of the protocol began immediately and information about the protocol began to be incorporated into the department's public education activities. A copy of the protocol was provided to the Governor's Office and is available to the public by clicking the link below.

AZGFD Action Plan for Minimizing and Responding to Lion/Human Interactions (protocol) (PDF 240kb)

Get life history and habitat information about mountain lions in Arizona here.

 
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- Expert Report on lion behaviors during encounters with humans
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