Tucson, Ariz. (AP) – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has
ended a moratorium on shooting lions in the Kofa National Wildlife
Refuge north of Yuma.
The agency says the mountain lion population in Arizona is not
threatened, endangered or at risk.
It says the Kofa desert bighorn sheep population is at risk and
deserves intervention on its behalf.
The moratorium ended Friday, 15 months after Game and Fish
instituted it after protests by environmentalists against the state
shooting two mountain lions in the refuge.
Despite the moratorium’s end, a state lawmaker from Tucson does
not want the department to shoot lions until the federal government
finishes an environmental study on the issue early next year.
Rep. Daniel Patterson says that’s what the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service requested.