GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a draft Montana Mountain Lion Management Strategy.
A press release says that over the last 25 years, FWP has made significant investments in field research that helps inform mountain lion management.
Because lion populations function in big landscapes, a new management approach includes defining four lion eco-regions, large landscapes of similar habitat within which populations perform similarly.
FWP will then develop estimates of mountain lion numbers within these eco-regions using a new by proven genetically based field sampling method. With the population estimates plus lion harvest data and lion ecology, wildlife managers will employ a statistical model to predict the effects of lion harvest on populations.
The draft strategy available for review and comment does not lay out any population objectives or harvest recommendations. It only speaks to guidelines as to how FWP will manage and monitor mountain lions.
To review and comment on the draft strategy, go to the FWP website. Comments will be accepted until 5 PM on January 11th, 2019, with the final adoption at the February 2019 Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting.