California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Mountain Lion Research Permitting

Qualified individuals, educational institutions, governmental agencies or nongovernmental organizations may apply to the Department for a permit to conduct scientific research involving mountain lions. The department may authorize permitholders to pursue, capture, temporarily possess, temporarily injure, mark, attach to or surgically implant monitoring or recognition devices in, provide veterinary care to, and transport, mountain lions, or any part or product of a mountain lion.

Potential researchers must submit an application for a Scientific Collecting Permit (SCP). In addition, applicants must submit a research proposal that details the following:

  1. Executive Summary (to be posted on CDFW website);
  2. Need Statement;
  3. Goals;
  4. Time-oriented Objectives;
  5. Study Area (include a map if applicable)
  6. Methods;
  7. a list of Personnel that details roles and responsibilities; and
  8. a statement of how your project complies with the following criteria:
    • Contribute to the knowledge of natural wildlife ecosystems.
    • Minimize disruptions in the lives and movements of mountain lions and other wildlife, as well as impacts to mountain lion or other wildlife habitat, while maintaining the permitholder's research objectives.
    • Directly or indirectly support the sustainability and survival of mountain lion populations and healthy ecosystems.
    • Prevent the permanent injury or killing of any mountain lion.

Addressing these items in a clear, bulleted format will facilitate the expeditious processing of your SCP request.

Furthermore, we recognize that portions of the proposal might contain intellectually confidential information that would be necessary for the CDFW to review and issue a permit (e.g. testing novel capture methodology or examining the prevalence of a new disease). Such information should be included in an appendix to the proposal under a confidentiality statement heading that shall read: "The following information is a trade secret and should be exempt from public disclosure under the California Public Records Act pursuant to sections 6254(k) and 6276.44 of the Government Code." However, the proposal shall provide enough information to be descriptive but not too much as to inadvertently disclose these trade secrets; the proposal should simply reference this appendix when and where appropriate.