Wildlife Board Approves Cougar and Bobcat Rules

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The Utah Wildlife Board recently approved rules for Utah's upcoming cougar season. The rules should result in hunters taking about 330 cougars.

DWR Press Release

The number of cougars and bobcats taken during Utah’s upcoming hunting and trapping seasons should be similar to the number taken this past season.

Based on data collected from hunters and trappers, cougars and bobcats are doing well in Utah. Because the populations are doing well, the Utah Wildlife Board approved hunting and trapping rules that are similar to last season.

All of the rules the board approved will be available in the 2015 – 2016 Utah Cougar and Furbearer guidebooks. Both guidebooks should be available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks by Sept. 8.

Cougars

Leslie McFarlane, game mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, said hunters took 330 cougars during the state’s 2014-2015 season. For the 2015-2016 season, board members approved a slight decrease in the number of permits offered for limited-entry cougar units. They also approved a slight increase in the number of cougars to be taken on harvest-objective units.

McFarlane said the slight decrease in limited-entry permits and the slight increase in the number of cougars to be taken on harvest-objective units should result in about the same number of cougars being taken in Utah this season.

Bobcats

The bobcat rules board members approved are identical to last season. Each trapper and hunter is limited to six permits. Permits will cost $15 each this season. Utah’s bobcat hunting and trapping season runs from Nov. 18, 2015 to Feb. 14, 2016.

During the 2015-2016 season, trappers and hunters took a total of 2,919 bobcats in Utah.

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