At its meeting on October 4, the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission adopted big game hunting seasons and regulations for 1997. Included were a few changes to mountain lion hunting seasons as they now exist.
The most significant change is the opening of a mountain lion hunting season in FWP's administrative Region 1 (northwestern Montana) concurrent with the opening of the general 1997 elk and deer season (Oct. 26-Nov. 30). Hunters are required to purchase a mountain lion hunting license by August 31 to hunt lions during this season and the use of dogs is prohibited.
This new season will close no later than Nov. 30 or whenever 20 percent of the harvest quota in each hunting district established for the annual Dec. 1-Feb. 15 season is reached. All lions harvested during the new season will be deducted from the Dec. 1-Feb. 15 season quotas for the hunting districts in Region 1. The season will be conducted on a trial or "pilot" basis in 1997 and will be fully evaluated to determine if it should be continued and/or expanded into other regions.
In another change, Region 6 will be split into two hunting areas for the Dec. 1, 1997-Feb. 15, 1998, season with separate harvest quotas in each area.
Hunters desiring more information are urged to contact their nearest Fish, Wildlife & Parks office.