At its April 4 meeting in Helena, the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission adopted tentative quotas for moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and mountain lion for this coming fall's hunting seasons.
In general, moose and mountain goat quotas will remain near 1996 levels across the state, while bighorn sheep quotas will drop slightly primarily because of a pneumonia outbreak in Hunting District 302, which will be closed to all sheep hunting in 1997.
As tentatively adopted, this year's mountain lion season, which will open on December 1, would see quotas increased statewide in response to continued good distribution and high numbers of the large predators.
Copies of complete tentative quotas are available by writing to FWP's Wildlife Division, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Comments on the proposed quotas will be accepted through May 16. The FWP Commission will adopt final quotas and seasons for moose, sheep, goats and mountain lions at its June 6 meeting.