A public information meeting on the conservation and management of mountain lion populations in Montana is scheduled for Jan. 2, in Great Falls.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 4, 4600 Giant Springs Road. FWP biologist Jay Kolbe will present information from the new draft Montana Mountain Lion Monitoring and Management Strategy, which is open for public comment until Jan. 11. Kolbe and other FWP staff will be available to answer questions. The meeting is informational only not a public hearing to formally accept public comment.
FWP is committed to maintaining sustainable lion populations in all suitable habitats of the state. Over the last 25 years, FWP has made significant investments in field research that helps inform lion management. With this and research done in other states and provinces, FWP is proposing to use the latest science and state-of-the-art methods and tools to monitor Montana’s lion populations.
The draft strategy does not lay out any population objectives or harvest recommendations but only speaks to guidelines as to how FWP will manage and monitor lions.
To read the draft strategy, visit: http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/publicComments/2018/mtnLionMgmtStrategy.html.