The Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection has closed the cougar hunting season in East Kootenay. The closure took effect at midnight Jan. 20, 2005.
The closure is guided by the regional cougar management program to reduce the potential for over-harvesting of the cougar population in the area. Typically, the season closes 72 hours after public notification once the quota of 20 female cougars has been reached.
The closure will cover the following Wildlife Management Units: 4-01 to 4-05, 4-20 to 4-26, 4-34 to 4-37 and 4-40.
The cougar pursuit-only season will remain open until February 28, 2005. For details on this season, please refer to the 2004/05 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.