Sounds like a front to a sport hunting group to me.
"As well, the Eastern Cougar Foundation is not opposed
sport hunting of cougars in areas where significant cougar populations are documented. However, at this time there are no such populations documented in the eastern United States."
We sent this alert out to our members on October 4th asking them to write the SDGFP to voice opposition to SD's unsustainable hunting quota for the Black Hills,http://easterncougar.org/CougarNews/?p=2354