Mountain Lion Hunting News

Southern California City, Nonprofit Organizations Raise Lion Poacher Reward

A city and two nonprofit groups’ combined commitments more than double the reward offered for information on a brutal mountain lion killing. The City of Calabasas in eastern Los Angeles County has matched the $5,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers who killed a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains last month. Two other groups put up an additional $1,700 for a total reward of $11,700.

Washington Deer Hunters Can also Take Cougar When Season Opens Around State

With the state’s most popular deer-hunting season set to start Saturday (Oct. 15), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is reminding hunters that cougars are also fair game anywhere in the state.

California Department of Fish and Game and the Humane Society Offer Reward for Mountain Lion Poachers

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers who killed a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains last month.

The Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG)CAL-TIP line is offering a $2,500 reward and the Humane Society of theUnited Statesand the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust is matching that amount.

Apply For a Cougar Hunting Permit in Utah

Cougar hunters may submit applications until October 12.

If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in soon.

Iowa DNR Confirms Mountain Lion Photo from Clinton County

An image captured on a trail camera in Clinton County during the past week has been confirmed as a mountain lion by wildlife biologists from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“We want the public to know that we have a confirmed photo of a mountain lion, but we don’t want to alarm the public,” said Vince Evelsizer, a DNR wildlife biologist.

“When it comes to mountain lions, Iowa tends to be a place to pass through, but not to stay. It is very likely this animal will keep moving, if it’s even still in the area, and will keep to itself,” Evelsizer said.

Montana Mountain Lion Hunting Closed in Districts 320 and 333

The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 320 & 333, which include portions of Madison, Silver Bow, Gallatin and Jefferson counties, closed for the fall season one-half hour after sunset on September 18, 2011.

These hunting district(s) will re-open for the hunting of all mountain lion for the winter season beginning December 1, 2011.

The closure notice for the hunt came shortly after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest quota for the districts combined had been met.

Michigan DNR Confirms Presence of Cougar in Ontonagon County

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today confirmed the presence of a cougar in Ontonagon County. The animal was captured on a trail camera on private property on Sept. 8, walking directly toward the front of the camera and clearly showing it has an ear tag and a radio collar.

DNR Wildlife Division staff visited the property Sept. 12 where the trail cam is mounted and verified the location of the camera.

Conflict Turkeys, Lion Quotas on PW Agenda in Colorado

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will have its first briefing Thursday on a growing problem in some parts of the Eastern Plains – large flocks of wild turkeys that are creating conflicts with agricultural producers during the winter months.

Missouri Department of Conservation Confirms Second Photo of Mountain Lion in Shannon County

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Mountain Lion Response Team has confirmed a second trail-camera photograph of a mountain lion taken near Mountain View on the property of Shannon County landowner John Collins. This latest photo, taken Sept. 4, follows a confirmed trail-camera photo taken at the same location on Aug. 29.

MDC reported earlier this week that a Texas-County landowner shot a subadult male cougar on his property on Sept. 5. MDC also recently confirmed a trail-camera photo of a mountain lion taken on private land Aug. 23 in Oregon County.

Utah Cougar Hunting Changes Approved

Mule deer and bighorn sheep in Utah are going to receive some added protection from cougars.

At their Aug. 18, 2011 meeting, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved some changes to Utah's cougar hunt. The 2011–2012 cougar hunting season begins Nov. 16, 2011. Here's how the season will run: