California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Mountain Lion Depredation Statistics Summary

Pursuant to California Fish and Game Code Section 4802 (et. Seq.), the Department of Fish and Wildlife shall, upon request, issue (depredation) permits to individuals reporting livestock loss or damage caused by mountain lions, if the loss or damage is confirmed by CDFW staff to have been caused by mountain lions. The permittee is required to report the fate of the permit to the CDFW upon expiration or fulfillment of the permit. Below is a summary of the annual number of depredation permits issued by the CDFW and the resultant take as reported to CDFW Headquarters. Please note that some permits and reports may be outstanding at the time of this compilation.

Graph of Mountain Lion Depredation Statistics
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Year Depredation Permits Issued Animals Taken
1972 3 0
1973 15 4
1974 16 3
1975 12 2
1976 24 6
1977 31 7
1978 32 8
1979 51 21
1980 41 12
1981 39 12
1982 66 18
1983 61 27
1984 94 37
1985 128 58
1986 125 46
1987 113 50
1988 145 61
1989 182 77
1990 193 71
1991 201 73
1992 195 81
1993 192 72
1994 328 121
1995 331 117
1996 281 105
1997 253 90
1998 237 109
1999 233 115
2000 237 172
2001 187 135
2002 216 139
2003 208 105
2004 256 120
2005 209 116
2006 169 87
2007 238 150
2008 144 60
2009 135 70
2010 132 59
2011 137 76
2012 137 62
2013 148 62
Total 6175 2816

Updated 01/29/2014