Mountain Lion Hunting News

Utah Adds Cougar Hunting to Six Areas

Deer and bighorn sheep in six areas in Utah will soon receive some added protection from cougars.

Under authority granted in Utah Code 23-14-8, Division of Wildlife Resources Director Jim Karpowitz on March 3, 2011 signed an emergency change to Utah's 2010–2011 Utah Cougar Guidebook. The change extends the hunting seasons and increases the number of cougars that hunters can take on six hunting areas in Utah.

New Mexico Now Requires Cougar Identification Course for Hunters

Beginning April 1, New Mexico will require all cougar hunters to successfully complete the Department of Game and Fish online cougar identification class before hunting cougars.

Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation Offers Talk on Gray Wolves

The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation invites you to learn about Oregon's top predators, gray wolves and cougars, as it kicks off its Discovering Wildlife Speaker Series with a free presentation by state wildlife biologists on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Portland.

Missouri Confirms Yet Another Mtn. Lion Sighting

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed a mountain lion sighting in western St. Louis County. Garrett Jensen, of Chesterfield, recently contacted MDC with photographs taken Jan. 12 from a trail camera showing a mountain lion in a wooded area.

Florida 2010 Panther Deaths Similar to 2009 Numbers

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) documented 23 panther deaths in 2010. Of those mortalities, 16 panthers died after being struck by vehicles. Six of the panther deaths are attributed to "intraspecific aggression," or panthers killing other panthers. One panther died of unknown causes.

This is very similar to 2009, when the FWC documented 25 deaths, with 17 of those killed by vehicles. The five-year average is approximately 23 panthers per year, with an average of almost 14 killed each year by vehicles.

Kansas DWP Confirms Mountain Lion in Nemaha County

On Dec. 16, a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks biologist was contacted by a Kansas landowner about trail camera photographs of a mountain lion reportedly taken in Nemaha County on Dec. 7. Two biologists investigated the site the next day and were able to verify the legitimacy of the photographs, making this the fifth confirmed Kansas mountain lion sighting in modern times.

The landowner wishes himself and the location to remain anonymous in this case, and the photographs not released. KDWP is respecting those wishes.

North Dakota's 2011 Tentative Season Opening Dates

To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2011, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.

Mtn. Lion Sighting in Missouri Confirmed

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently confirmed a mountain lion sighting in northwest Missouri. A landowner in southern Platte County near the Missouri River contacted MDC with a photograph he took on Nov. 26 of a mountain lion in a tree on his property.

"The photo is clearly of a mountain lion," said Jeff Beringer, resource scientist with the MDC's Mountain Lion Response Team. "We visited with the landowner, who wishes to remain anonymous, to confirm the location and to gather additional information."

Kansas Archer Catches Cat on Camera

In late October, an archery deer hunter caught an unexpected creature on a trail camera he had set near his Republican County deer stand. The motion-activated camera, set to take pictures of whatever moved in front of his stand at night, snapped a shot of a mountain lion walking away from the camera. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) biologists were sent a copy of the photo and believed it to be a lion.

Cougar Permits Still Available in Utah

If you didn't obtain a limited-entry cougar hunting permit this year, no problem—you can still hunt cougars in Utah.

Permits to hunt on harvest-objective units went on sale Nov. 1, 2010.

What's a harvest-objective unit?

Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says harvest-objective units and limited-entry units differ from one another three major ways.