Utah officials recommend larger cougar hunt

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is recommending more cougar hunting permits for the fall.

The Standard-Examiner reports the Division of Wildlife staff will recommend to the state wildlife board on Thursday to allow 579 cougar hunting permits. The number was 531 the previous year.

State biologists say the reason for the increase of permits is because cougar populations continue to grow. Division of Wildlife Resources models estimate there are between 1,900 and 4,000 adult cougars living in the state. Hunters killed 400 cougars last season.

Wildlife biologists calculate the quotas by collecting data from the cougars that hunters kill.

(Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net)