Cougar hunting proposals to be discussed at public meeting
About 400 cougars would probably be taken in Utah during the state's upcoming season under rules being proposed by the Division of Wildlife Resources. This projection is based on the average number of cougars taken over the past five seasons and assumes that hunting conditions during the upcoming season will be similar to those experienced during those seasons.
"Weather conditions, particularly the availability of good snow cover for tracking cougars with hounds during the winter months, will influence the final number of cougars that are taken this season," explained DWR mammals coordinator Craig McLaughlin.
Anyone who wishes to learn more about and comment on the DWR's proposals at the upcoming public regional advisory council meeting will have the chance to do so on July 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River.
RAC citizen representatives will take the public input received to the Utah wildlife board when it meets in Salt Lake City August 13 to approve Utah's 2002-2003 cougar proclamation.