Friday, October 30, 2009

Limited cougar season to open on Colorado plateau

Limited lion season to open on plateau

By Katharhynn Heidelberg
Daily Press Senior Writer
Published/Last Modified on Friday, October 30, 2009 4:11 AM MDT

MONTROSE - Five years ago, the Division of Wildlife launched a study into mountain lion population dynamics on the Uncompahgre Plateau.

It's now launching the second phase, a "treatment" period, which will allow limited hunting in the study area and, researchers hope, provide state-specific data concerning assumptions about lion populations in Colorado.

Prior to the study's inception in 2004, there hadn't been any long-term, intensive research in Colorado upon which the DOW could base its lion management policies, Ken Logan, mammal researcher for the DOW's Montrose field office, said.


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