In 1972, the San Francisco Bay Area's public voted to establish the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen), 65,000 acres of land set aside in a conservation effort
and funded by income taxes. This public project helps protect the natural beauty and integrity of the area that serves as a home to many forms of wildlife, some of which are threatened by habitat loss, including the mountain lion. Now, a few private ranchers who lease parts of this preserve think they should have the right to kill mountain lions who are just trying to survive. Sign now and urge Midpen to throw out the proposed amendment to authorize the senseless killing of these wild animals!
In the past six years, only 22 cattle
have been killed by predators in the district. Such a low statistic does not warrant the slaughter of mountain lions. These ranchers, who pay one of the lowest rates in the Bay Area to graze their cattle on public land, are also compensated with the market value of any cattle lost. They lose very little livestock and almost no profits, but these mountain lions stand to lose their lives anyway
Taxpayers created Midpen to safeguard the land and all of its forms of life for years to come. J.P. Rose, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, claims that "killing lions to benefit private livestock
operators is antithetical to that purpose." If this amendment passes, ranchers would be allowed to gun down lions on the land dedicated to their safety. Sign the petition and tell the district that killing mountain lions in a place meant as a sanctuary for wildlife is unacceptable!
The public comment period for this issue is open, and you have the right to be heard. Sign the petition and then use the form at the bottom of this page provided by Midpen to tell the district not to pass this horrifying amendment.