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Washington Mountain Lion Study

March 18, 2008.

The Seattle Times ran an interesting article on the unintended impacts of certain lion hunting policies.

Based on studies conducted by Washington State University's Large Carnivore Conservation Laboratory, some interesting conclusions are put forward:

  • The selective harvest of adult male lions, made possible by hound hunting, contributes to lion problems as juveniles that would normally be kept in check by mature males are able to flourish.
  • The extremely unselective harvest of any lion seen, contributed to by policies promoting lion hunting as a cheap add-on to regular deer and elk hunts, can have very negative overall consequences on lion populations.

Read the complete article for more information.

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