The recommendations would also result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season. During the 2013 – 2014 season, a total of 330 cougars were taken.
You can review the Division of Wildlife Resources’ bobcat and cougar recommendations at www.wildlife.utah.gov/meeting-agendas.html.
Learn more, share your ideas
After you’ve reviewed the ideas at www.wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings, you can let your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by attending your upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to them.
RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board. The board will meet in Salt Lake City on Aug. 28 to approve rules for Utah’s 2014 – 2015 cougar and furbearer seasons.
Dates, times and locations for the RAC meetings are as follows:
Beaver High School
195 E. Center St.
John Wesley Powell Museum
1765 E. Main St.
DWR Northeastern Region Office
318 N. Vernal Ave.
Springville Public Library Meeting Room
45 S. Main St.
Brigham City Community Center
24 N. 300 W.
You can also provide your comments to your RAC via email. Email addresses for your RAC members are available at http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/rac-members.html.
The group each RAC member represents (sportsman, non-consumptive, etc.) is listed under each person’s email address. You should direct your email to the people on the RAC who represent your interest.
Bobcat populations are growing in Utah. And that could lead to more opportunities for the state’s trappers and hunters this fall.
During the 2013 – 2014 season, the Utah Wildlife Board capped the total number of bobcat permits at 4,600. Leslie McFarlane, mammals coordinator for the DWR, says the agency is recommending an unlimited number of permits for the 2014 – 2015 season. However, the number of permits an individual trapper or hunter could obtain would still be limited.
For the 2014 – 2015 season, the DWR is recommending that each trapper or hunter be allowed to obtain up to six bobcat permits. During the 2013 – 2014 season, each trapper or hunter could not obtain more than three bobcat permits.
McFarlane says Utah’s Bobcat Management Plan provides biologists with four population performance targets. How close bobcats come to meeting the targets helps biologists determine the health of the state’s bobcat population.
Three of the targets were met this past season. The fourth target—the average number of days a trap was set, before it captured a bobcat—was still longer than the time given in the plan. But the time has gotten shorter each of the past four seasons.
“As long as two or more of the targets are met,” McFarlane says, “the total number of permits does not need to be capped. And each trapper or hunter can be allowed to obtain up to six permits.”
The bobcat management plan, including the performance targets the plan outlines, is available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/furbearer/pdf/bobcat_plan.pdf.
The DWR is recommending that the upcoming bobcat season run from Nov. 19, 2014 to Feb. 8, 2015.