Certain mountain lion populations, especially in California, are declining and endangered. The Yuma Puma, for example, is a subspecies of mountain lion that has been noted a “species of special concern” by the California Department of Fish and Game.
Very much so, though the reason for and degree of endangerment varies with the subspecies and location of mountain lion. See the link provided below.
The Cougar is listed on the endangered species list; cougar is another common name for mountain lions. The term “mountain lion” actually refers to many species of lion, and several of them are decreasing in population. Some lions are considered endangered by local wildlife departments (such as the state departments in California and Arizona) even though they don’t appear on the Federal Endangered Species List.
There are several different subspecies of mountain lions that span across the United States, so one cannot ask if they are all endangered because it varies. For example in “California, the population of mountain lions that resides in the Santa Ana Mountains is in deep trouble.” The Florida Panther is critically endangered and only has about 100 left in the wild. As for the other mountain lion populations, in the west there are only about 30,000 left in the wild. Thus far however, according to the Endangered Species Act, only three subspecies of the mountain lion are endangered: Florida panther, Costa Rican puma, and Eastern puma.
Yes mountain lion species throughout the United States are considered endangered, largely do to habitat loss, poaching, and being killed for threatening livestock. Larger predatory mammals, like mountain lions, require large amounts of territory to live and hunt. Their territory can range anywhere from 10 to 370 sq. miles. While all mountain lions are under threat the Endangered Species Act list three mountain lions as being “Endangered”: the Florida panther (numbering under 100 individuals), the Costa Rican puma, and the Eastern puma.
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