Iowa DNR has accepted the fact that the cougar has a rightful place in their ecosystem but disagree that they be listed as a furbearer. They are a big game animal and should be listed as such.
Once listed as a furbearer as time goes by they will then be able to use trapping as a method of harvest which I disagree with. I support trapping but not of such a large animal.
Trapping is non-discremetitive. They catch Toms, females juveniles and young. There is no way to sex a trap. If you get a female that is lactating caught in a leg hold or snare, who is gonna release that animal? You will essentially kill the female and all her young this way. Hound hunting is the only form of selective catch and release when hunting the cougar.
This is just an opinion and hopefully will not offend anyone.
All of us, at one time or another have gone on a hunting trip and had what we call “Blue Bird” weather. Warm evenings and almost hot days. We hunt in our t-shirts and enjoy the sunshine. We are way up in the mountains and have a whole week to hunt. How could it get any better?
That is, until we score on that big buck or bull. We work to get it out of the field and skinned as quickly as possible to cool it down. But try as we might, we just can’t get...