Boosting mountain lion quotas on agenda

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissin is expected to add a new fall mountain lion hunting season for 2105. The new season would run concurrently with the rifle elk seasons and is part of the agency’s efforts to increase lion harvest.

An increase in mountain lion quotas for this year’s November through March season and the addition of a new fall mountain lion season starting in 2015 are among the items to be considered when the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meets this week in Glenwood Springs.

The meeting is set for 8 a.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Ramada Glenwood Springs.

According to a memo to the commission from Parks and Wildlife director Bob Broscheid, the agency is developing a new system of managing the state’s lion populations based on research indicating mountain lions regularly utilize more territory than is included in most of the state’s hunting units.

The new plan includes increasing lion harvest in certain areas of the state and this year Parks and Wildlife has proposed increasing lion harvest statewide by 21 animals, from the 635 in 2013-2014 to 656 this year.

One area being considered for a increase in lion harvest is the L-7 unit, which covers more than 8,000 square miles in Mesa, Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat and Routt counties and is considered some of the best mountain lion habitat in Colorado.

Agency biologists are seeking to increase the harvest by 10 (153 to 163) in an area ranging from Grand Junction to Meeker and north to U.S. Highway 40.

The 2014-2015 mountain lion season runs Nov. 18-March, 31, 2015.

Also on the agenda is the adoption of increased fees for nonresident big-game hunting licenses for 2015.

These license prices are set each year in accordance with the Consumer Price Index of the Denver-Boulder area.

Among the increases sought for next year is a jump in the nonresident elk license, this year at $600 but next year a hunter can expect to pay $615 for that same license.

Moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep all jump $55 to $2,060.

Similar increases affect all nonresident hunting licenses.

The commission also is expected to adopt the final 2015-2019 big-game season structure and season dates.

Audio of the meeting is available on the Parks and Wildlife website,


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