Garnet Range Mountain Lion Study (9 years)
Estimating mountain lion abundance in the Bitterroot Watershed,
Proffitt et al (98 days)
Contested modeling report which states
mountain lion numbers are higher than houndsmen on the ground verify,
including houndsmen that participated in the study. A 98 day snapshot
in time of the Mountain Lion population, is not a sufficient time
frame in which to gather data to utilize for modeling. Especially
one that seeks to radically decimate the population so radically
as 30% reduction in regional lion density by applying a 35% annual
female harvest over a 3 year period. By Proffitts own statements,
this was not a complete coverage survey, juveniles could have been
counted as individual adults, which would alter counts. Academics
across the country are questioning this study.
audio mp3 Estimating mountain lion abundance study presentation
discussion from March 13th, 2014
Region 3 Meeting at Three Forks,
MT - houndsmen present, including those that participated in the
study, objected to the final analysis and recommendations.
audio mp3 April 10, 2014 FWP Commission meeting - Montana
Houndsmen and Dr. Gary Koehler, retired from the Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife spoke concerning the controversy of this paper
and the concerns of a public working group.
criticize mountain lion quotas in Bitterroot districts