Female mountain lions could be in danger if new hunting rules pass

Female mountain lions could be in danger if new hunting rules pass

A mountain lion was capture by a remote wildlife camera operated by Sky Island Alliance near Coronado National Memorial in Southern Arizona.

Several winters ago, I spied three trucks racing down our dirt road in Wyoming. I knew these were cougar hunters and went out to meet them. They had already taken away their quarry, but two young men remained, loading up their snowmobiles. I asked about their hunt.

“We had the lion on an elk kill up the trail.”

I asked what sex the mountain lion was. I know it’s not easy to discern females from males.

“It was a female,” they replied.

I told these young hunters that she probably had kittens stashed somewhere.

“But we only saw her tracks around the kill site,” was their response. I knew then they didn’t even have basic lion biology under their belts.

Most adult females have dependent cubs

These young hunters brought their cougar into Game and Fish the next day to verify their tag. The agency biologist told them they’d killed a young male. Even with the cougar dead, they had no idea how to sex the animal.

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