Mountain Lion Foundation

Saving America's lion.

aka Mountain Lion Foundation   |   Sacramento, CA   |  www.mountainlion.org

Mission

The mission of the Mountain Lion Foundation is to protect mountain lions and their habitat for current and future generations. Valuable in their own right, without need for justification for their existence, they deserve to be here and thrive. We will ensure the continuance of these native big cats and their wild places by fostering co-existence and informing policymakers, working with communities through education, advocacy, public outreach and sound science we will preserve this keystone species.

Ruling year info

1986

CEO

Ms. Debra Chase

Main address

PO Box 1896

Sacramento, CA 95812 USA

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EIN

94-3015360

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Throughout the Americas the mountain lion is hunted for trophy, killed for depredating unprotected livestock, poisoned with second and third generation rodenticides, and hit by cars and trucks while traversing habitat that is fragmented by roads and other human development. They are now extinct in the eastern states and will soon be extirpated in the western states. If we don’t stop people from killing them and destroying their habitat, biodiversity declines and whole ecosystems will be destroyed. As an apex predator and ecosystem engineer the American lion keeps a myriad of other species alive, from carrion beetles to bald eagles. They manage the population of deer and elk and feed other animals below the food chain. Sustaining a wild landscape.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Saving America's Lion


Since 1986 the Mountain Lion Foundation has fought to ban pleasure and trophy hunting of lions in all states that have birthing lions and dispersing lions.
We fight the fear and ignorance which results in the death of almost 4000 mountain lions in the United States every year.
We provide assistance and support to local lion activists who are struggling to protect their resident lions.
We aim to contribute to the growing body of scientific knowledge about Puma concolor.
Our staff and volunteers educate and assist the public to save mountain lions by protecting people, pets and livestock.
Through our never-ending advocacy work, The Mountain Lion Foundation in giving a voice to the mountain lion throughout the never-ending review of unscientific lion management plans, laws and regulations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Farmers
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Activists

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of conservation actions at site(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Capacity to inform and educate increased from zero online educational events to about two dozen a year +Children's films. Improved state advocacy and increased number of state lobbyists by 1.

Number of people influenced to undertake conservation action

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increased supporters in multiple state by over 1200.

Number of projects showing an upward trend in the number of conservation actions at site

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increased the amount of advocacy by state to make changes to state wildlife agency hunting of mountain lions.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Mountain Lion Foundation has a vision of a world where lions and people coexist, where sustainability includes the persistence of the human ecosystem in harmony with viable wildlife communities, and where wildlands are nurtured and not subdued.

America’s Lion is a marvel of adaptation, descending from Asian felids of 11 million years ago. For millennia, Puma concolor inhabited forests, deserts, mountains, islands and bottomlands of the New World’s two massive continents. Our vision is that the ecological miscues of the Anthropocene Age abate, allowing restoration of lions throughout these diverse habitats.

Our vision requires humans to respect and trust, not fear, lions in proximity.

We live in a time of climate stress, a fearsome pace of extinctions, and a planetary crisis. If humankind can reverse the lion’s decline, there is hope.

Mountain lions are a keystone species indispensable to ecological communities. Although development has compromised lions’ range throughout the Americas, given protection, including restoration of habitat, lions will thrive. We work with, individuals, communities, scientists, legislators and other conservation groups to mitigate and end the persecution of mountain lions and the destruction of their habitat.

Communication – The Mountain Lion Foundation strives for consensus that lions deserve protection. We ensure the continued existence of lions and the wild places on which they rely by securing their protection through education, outreach, and advocacy.

Science – The Mountain Lion Foundation formulates conservation policy and programs to benefit lions and lion habitat while maintaining an independent and mutually beneficial relationship with the research and scientific communities.

Corridors – Lions require corridors to move about their territories and for their young to disperse. Because development has fragmented lion habitat, we support protecting critical habitat, corridors and freeway crossings for lions and other wildlife.

Coexistence – We promote effective preventative measures to resolve perceived human-lion conflicts. We urge the public and relevant agencies to fully appreciate lions as a vital and indispensable apex species deserving preservation rather than exploitation.

For 35 years the Mountain Lion Foundation has been working with individuals, communities, state agencies and legislators. We have supporters in every state in America and a healthy volunteer base supported by a strong staff, talented attorneys and lobbyists in multiple states that challenge the status quo and educate people on the importance of coexisting with healthy populations of mountain lions.

In California the Foundation ended the hunting of mounting lions in 1990. In 2020 a CA state wide three step policy was developed that places the responsibility of protecting pets and livestock on the person not on the lion. In 2019 the Foundation petitioned for the mountain lions in Southern and central coast areas of California to be listed as endangered. The ruling for this petition will be completed in early 2022.

In other states from Washington, to Wyoming and from Oregon to Arizona, Colorado and Texas we have supported legislation that ends hunting contests, stops trapping and the over hunting of mountain lions, ending the use of deadly rodenticides all while protecting other wildlife in the process.

Volunteers and staff teaching a variety of educational programs have taught hundreds of small ranchers and homeowners how to coexist with mountain lions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    All people that are concerned with the conservation of mountain lions.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We increased the number of educational webinars that teach coexistence with mountain lions and the behavior and biology of the lion.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We make sure that we listen to a variety of voices.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Mountain Lion Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Bob McCoy


Board co-chair

Ms Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth Sullivan

Toby Cooper

Ann Hamilton

Bob McCoy

Donald Molde

Chris Tromborg

Fauna Tomlinson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/24/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.