Meetings to Discuss Mountain Lion Management

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will hold three
meetings in March to discuss mountain lion management in
west-central Montana.  

The public is invited to attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the
following locations:

  • March 2: Lincoln, Lambkins Café, 460 Main Street
  • March 3:   Superior, US Forest Service Office, 209 West
  • March 5:   Hamilton, City Hall, 223 South Second Street

FWP will use public input from these meetings to develop
tentative lion hunting regulations for the 2009 season, set to go
before the FWP Commission in April.

“We want to hear what people feel about lion numbers and how
they think this does or does not need to be adjusted,” said Mike
Thompson, FWP Wildlife Manager for west-central Montana.

FWP will use the information gathered to adjust lion harvest
levels to help achieve desired population objectives.

“In some parts of the region we hope to lighten predation
pressure on some local deer and elk populations until those
populations rebound, and we will use results from a recent lion
study to guide us in recommending the proper lion harvests to do
that,” Thompson said.

For more information on the upcoming public meetings, contact
the Missoula FWP office at (406) 542-5500.

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