The petition for rulemaking submitted by Texans for Mountain Lions to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department urging action to conserve mountain lions in Texas has been denied. However, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will be briefed on the issue on Aug. 25 during their regular meeting at TPWD headquarters in Austin, and will also hear about the issue during their annual public hearing on Aug. 24.
On June 28, Texans for Mountain Lions received a letter informing the group of TPWD’s staff recommendation to deny the petition, and the organization received official word of the denial on Aug. 9. In the letter, TPWD’s general counsel informed Texans for Mountain Lions that staff recommends that a stakeholder advisory group be formed, and TPWD staff will brief the Commission on mountain lions at the upcoming commission meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission’s annual public hearing will take place at TPWD headquarters at 4200 Smith School Rd. in Austin at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 24. Any citizen is invited to address the Commission on any topic under its jurisdiction. Texans for Mountain Lions plans on having several representatives attend the meeting to address the Commission.
If you cannot attend, consider sending a letter.