Proposition Summary

Repeals mountain lion's status as specially protected mammal. Requires Fish and Game Commission to manage mountain lions as it manages mammals that are not rare, endangered, threatened. Requires Fish and Game Department implement mountain lion management plan that promotes health, safety, livestock, property protection; identifies priority zones where mountain lion removal has not alleviated threats. Authorizes taking of mountain lions in priority zones, consistent with plan. Permits governmental agencies, landowners to take mountain lions imminently threatening public health, safety, or livestock. Allows legislative amendments. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: Reallocates funds in the Habitat Conservation Fund of up to $250,000 annually for r 1996-97, 1997-98, and 1998-99, and up to $100,000 annually thereafter until July 1, 2020, to prepare and implement a mountain lion management plan. Potential additional state costs of up to $250,000 annually to administer public safety and public information programs related to mountain lions.

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Legislative Vote Results

Final Votes Cast by the Legislature on SB 28 (Proposition 197) Assembly - Ayes, 44; Noes, 30 -- Senate - Ayes, 26; Noes, 8

Popular Vote Results

Y: 2366238; A: 41.88; N: 3283679; B: 58.12

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For Author

Jack Parnell, Former Director, California Department of Fish and Game; Donald Neal, Wildlife Habitat Ecologist

Against Author

Henry Mello, State Senator, Watsonville; Maurice H. Getty, President, California Park Rangers Association; Wayne Pacelle, Vice President of Government Affairs Humane Society of the U.S.

Rebuttal Author

Patricia Forkan, Executive Vice President, Humane Society of the United States; Jill Dampier, California Park Rangers Association; Bernadette M. Ertl, Chair, Sierra Club California

Rebuttal Against Author

Terrence M. Eagan, Former Undersecretary, California Resources Agency; Wayne Long, Former Chairman, California Resource Conservation Commission; Steven J. Arroyo, Father of Mountain Lion Attack Victim