Utah's cougars are under threat. Recent anti-predator bills like House Bill 125 and House Bill 228 clearly show us that cougars in Utah face an uphill battle. Last year, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources increased the number of cougar permits available to hunters to 690 for the 2019-2020 season. Then, in January, they re-opened closed hunt units and increased the number of permits available by 117 in 11 areas across Utah in hopes of boosting mule deer numbers. However, a recent study found that targeting cougars to increase mule deer could potentially backfire.
With hunting quotas that already exceed what experts have determined as sustainable, we need to take action today to protect cougars in Utah!
We currently have staff based in Salt Lake City, Utah that are committed to making a difference for cougars in the state. Your donations will help us put on community events, workshops, working with domestic animal owners, video equipment to monitor Utah's cougars, and attending legislative, RAC, and Wildlife Board meetings.
Together, we will make a difference for our wild cats!
PS - The footage below, including the cougar, was all filmed in northern Utah!
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