Mountain lion management in Montana is moving toward a more scientific approach when it comes to estimating the number of lions in an area and directing the harvest to meet state criteria and hunter demands. Now out for public comment, the “Montana mountain lion monitoring and management strategy” uses the latest in scientific collection of DNA and predictive models of lion habitat to estimate the big cats’ populations. “Our challenge has always been not having the ability to count lions,” said Jay Kolbe, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist who led the writing and research of the strategy
. “That’s always been the missing piece of the management puzzle.”
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