Wildlife management policies have contributed to a steep decline of mountain lions in northwest Wyoming, according to a new report published last week in the journal “Ecology and Evolution,” which found that population numbers have dropped by almost 50-percent in only 16 years. Mark Elbroch, a wildlife researcher with Panthera’s Puma Project, said mountain lion’s numbers have been strong for decades, but now hunters are allowed to kill more because of a higher quota. But Elbroch said the species also has less food to eat because wildlife managers chose not to distribute elk over their natural habitat, instead, letting elk winter by the thousands on the National Elk Refuge outside Jackson. “They’ve seen a 70 percent reduction in the availability of...
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New Report Cites Management Policies Contribute To Mountain Lion Decline