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.
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...