Mountain lions are classified of least concern.
However, some populations have declined throughout their habitat range. Threats include habitat loss, illegal hunting, and hunting of their wild prey species.
Mountain lion subspecies populations are declining throughout their habitat range.
Populations in Canada and western USA are considered least concern; however, the east coast subspecies are considered endangered, with numbers as low as 100-180* individuals in the wild.
Conservationists have helped to restore genetic variability by relocating 8 Texas cougars to South Florida.
Emerald Park conservation contribution:
In 2014, Emerald Park committed to the protection of habitat in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in Central Mexico.
The fund-raising initiative “BUY AN ACRE CHALLENGE” was launched with the World Land Trust and the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Funds from Emerald Park went towards purchasing ~100 acres of protected habitat.
In 2019, it was reported that mountain lions have been detected in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve.