Utah Cougar Hunting Permits Approved
The number of cougars taken in Utah during the state's upcoming hunting season will probably be similar to the number taken during the past two seasons.
At its Aug. 17 meeting in Salt Lake City, the Utah Wildlife Board approved 533 permits for Utah's limited entry and harvest objective cougar hunting units. Based on past success rates, the Division of Wildlife Resources anticipates that the 533 permits will result in hunters taking about 325 cougars in Utah this season.
That number would be similar to the 332 cougars taken during the 2005 2006 season and the 321 taken during the 2004 2005 season.
"We're shifting our emphasis from trying to reduce the number of cougars to maintaining a balance between cougars and the deer, bighorn sheep and other animals cougars prey on," Kevin Bunnell, DWR mammals program coordinator said about the recommendations the DWR presented to board members this year.
Utah's 2006 2007 cougar season runs from Nov. 22, 2006 to June 3, 2007 across most of the state.
Applications for limited entry cougar permits will be available by Sept. 19. Harvest objective permits go on sale Nov. 7.
For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.