Letter to the Utah Wildlife Board about cougars

Council for all wildlife

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By Kirk Robinson, Founder and CEO of Western Wildlife Conservancy

August 21, 2015

Dear member of the Utah Wildlife Board,

I was one of two “non-consumptive” members of the cougar committee that produced the new cougar management plan as directed by the Wildlife Board. It is the third such plan that I have worked on. I am writing because I wish to explain that my support for the plan is contingent upon how it is implemented and is qualified by a concern that it is not informed by the best scientific information available.

The new plan has many virtues, one of which is its relative simplicity and ease of implementation. However, it easily allows for the killing of too many cougars – too many in the sense that cougar population age distribution, social relations, and home range tenure can be seriously disrupted with no discernible benefit to prey species, plus…

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