Mountain Lion Hunting News

South Dakota Mtn Lion Season Might Include Custer State Park

A proposal being considered by the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission would allow South Dakota hunters to harvest up to 60 mountain lions in the coming season.

Missouri Confirms Mountain Lion Sighting

A landowner's trail camera has confirmed a mountain lion sighting in Shannon County. The landowner emailed the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Mountain Lion Response Team on Aug. 6 with a camera image of a mountain lion walking through a clearing. The image was taken on July 29 on private land at the west edge of the county near Mountain View. Shannon County Conservation Agent Brad Hadley visited the site on Aug 9. and confirmed the location of the image.

Utah Deer Study Leads to Proposed Cougar Hunt Changes

A deer study that's underway in Utah has provided two things—better information about the number of adult deer that are surviving from year to year and a chance to manage cougars in a way that should benefit deer the most.

Starting with the 2011–2012 cougar hunting season, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources would like to make the following changes:

Oregon Youth Hunter Must Wear Orange Starting August 1st

New rules that require youth to wear hunter orange when hunting take effect Aug. 1, 2011.

As of that date, hunters age 17 and under are required to wear a hunter (fluorescent) orange exterior garment or hat when hunting game mammals or upland game birds (except turkey) with any firearm.

Connecticut DEP Investigating Large Cat Sighting

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it is cooperating with the Town of Greenwich Police Department to investigate recent sightings of a large cat in the King Street area of Greenwich. Based on photographs taken of the animal and other evidence it appears that the animal is a mountain lion that has been held in captivity and was released or escaped. There is no native population of mountain lions in Connecticut and the eastern mountain lion has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Mountain Lion Shot and Killed Near El Paso

A mountain lion that authorities first had tried to tranquilize led law enforcement officers, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden captain and city animal control officers on a wild chase through central El Paso that ended with the animal being shot and killed.

Washington Special Hunt Permits Application Deadline May 18th

Hunters have through May 18 to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and turkey seasons in Washington state.

Permit winners will be selected by random drawing conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in late June. The special permits qualify hunters to hunt at times and places beyond those authorized by a general hunting license.

New Mexico Man Accused of Poaching 39 Animals

A Taos man with a history of wildlife crimes has been charged with 39 counts of poaching in connection with the illegal killing and possession of 29 deer, five bears, one cougar and four elk through August 2010.

Ray Cortez, 25, also is accused of outfitting without a license and throwing the carcasses of several deer and elk off the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. He pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing April 19 before Taos Magistrate Betty J. Martinez.

USFWS and Florida FWC Seeking Info on Panther Poaching

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking anyone with information about a dead Florida panther found Feb. 23, 2011 in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, Fla. to call the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). Information leading to an arrest and/or conviction could result in a $5,000 reward.

Officials believe the animal was killed intentionally. 

Michigan Cougar Not Extinct

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) report issued earlier this week has concluded that the eastern subspecies of the cougar is extinct; however, this has no bearing on cougars in Michigan, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

"The USFWS has determined the eastern cougar to be extinct, and this has no bearing on cougars in Michigan," said DNRE Wildlife Chief Russ Mason. "The cougars present in Michigan are dispersing from the Dakotas, where the nearest established population exists."