On September 6-7, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Commission met in Glenwood Springs to discuss CPW's proposal for the 2018-2019 mountain lion hunting season.
The Commission voted unanimously to approve CPW's proposal which increased the overall quota from 654 to 677 lions. During the 2016-17 season, hunters were reported to have killed 475 of Colorado's 3500 to 4500 mountain lions.
Continuing to set high quotas threatens the social stability of mountain lion populations in the state and can lead to population decline, decreased kitten survival and an increase in conflicts with people, pets and livestock.
CPW is also shifting their regulation setting cycle for mountain lion hunting and will present their April 2019 - March 2020 harvest limit recommendations at the January 2019 Commission meeting.