Monday, 26 January 2015

NEWSLINK: Cougar population booming

Klamath County sees its fair share

Wildlife officials have noted a boom in the Oregon cougar population. Officials estimate there are around 6,000 cougars currently roaming the state.

Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:00 am

By LACEY JARRELL H&N Staff Reporter

Local wildlife managers aren’t confident a statewide increase in cougar tags will do much to slow cat populations in Klamath County.

John Muir, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) assistant district wildlife biologist in Klamath County, said cougar populations have increased in recent years because wildlife managers have no effective means of managing the big cats, also called mountain lions.

He said cougar populations have yet to hit the maximum number the landscape can support.

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