F&G approves major expansion to mountain lion hunting

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Quotas to be lifted in Wood River Valley; e-calls authorized

Mountain Lion Snow
Photo courtesy of Idaho Fish & Game

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission formally removed statewide mountain lion harvest quotas for the 2021-22 big game season last Thursday during its annual season-setting meeting in Boise, according to a Monday press release.

The new policy lifts all male and female mountain lion harvest quotas—or limits on animals that can be killed, in order to prevent overharvest—in the state’s game units that impose such restrictions. The effect will be significantly expanded mountain lion season lengths starting this summer.

Sex-specific mountain lion quotas will be lifted in August in 31 of Idaho’s game units, including Blaine County’s Game Units 48 and 49 on either side of state Highway 75. (Under current rules, in Units 43 and 44, north…

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