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What’s new this season?
Changes to cougar management:
In August2011, the Utah Wildlie Board approved changes tothe Cougar Management Plan. These changes linkcougar management to adult deer survival acrossthe state. The changes also create large, new cougarmanagement areas. For details, see the article onpage 23 and the map on page 24.
Area closures available online:
Any area or unitclosures will be listed on the cougar hotline (1-888-668-5466) and posted at
by noon daily. Closures will take eect the ollowingday.
Purchase pursuit permits by phone:
You cannow purchase a cougar pursuit permit over thetelephone. Just call 1-800-221-0659. The line isstaed 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Youwill be charged a $2 transaction ee or each itemyou purchase.
Check the season dates:
Season dates and hunt-ing unit boundaries change every year. For details,see the tables that start on page 26.
Keep in mind
Hunting license required to apply:
Beoreyou can apply or a 2011 cougar permit or bonuspoint—or purchase a pursuit permit—you musthave a valid Utah hunting or combination license.Please see page 6 or more inormation.
Apply or permits online or by phone:
I youhope to harvest a cougar on a limited-entry unitthis year, the application period opens on Sept.Jake AlbrechtJohn BairCalvin CrandallBill FenimoreMichael King
Wildlie Board members
James F. Karpowitz,
Division Director Executive Secretary
Who makes the rules?
The Utah Wildlie Board passes the rules andlaws summarized in this guidebook.There are seven board members, and eachserves a six-year term. Appointed by the gover-nor, board members are not Division employees.The Division’s director serves as the board’sexecutive secretary but does not have a vote onwildlie policies.Beore board members make changesto wildlie rules, they listen to recommendationsrom Division biologists. They also receive inputrom the public and various interest groups viathe regional advisory council (RAC) process.I you have eedback or suggestions orboard members, you can nd their contactinormation online at
CHANGES TO COUGAR MANAGEMENT
In spring 2011, the Utah Wildlie Boardrequested that the Division link cougar managementto the management o deer, their primary prey. TheDivision recommended some management changes,which the Wildlie Board approved in August 2011.Among the biggest changes is the creation o eight large cougar management areas that mirrorthe areas where an adult deer survival study is nowunderway. Those cougar management areas containthe limited-entry, split and harvest-objectivehunting units that cougar hunters are likely amiliarwith. There is also one cougar management areamade up o units that are home to large numbers o bighorn sheep. You can see a map o all nine cougarmanagement areas on pages 24–25.There are additional changes that involveharvest quotas and when the Division will close acougar management area or the season.
Beoreyou hunt any o these areas—particularlytheir harvest-objective units—call 1-888-668-5466 or visit
tomake sure they are still open.
For detailed inormation on all o the manage-ment changes, see the article on page 23.