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DWR eyeing minor changes to cougar, bobcat hunt

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The intense moments of a large cougar being released from a bobcat trap were caught on video and a Division of Wildlife Resources employee talked about the unique experience.

The intense moments of a large cougar being released from a bobcat trap were caught on video and a Division of Wildlife Resources employee talked about the unique experience.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Cougars and bobcats are doing well in Utah, biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources say. For that reason, they are recommending only minor changes for Utah's 2016–2017 cougar hunting season.

And, for the bobcat trapping and hunting season, the biologists are recommending no changes. Just like this past season, each hunter and trapper could buy up to six permits. The bobcat season is from Nov. 16 to March 1, 2017.

Hunters can review all of the biologists' cougar and bobcat recommendations beginning July 20 at wildlife.utah.gov/board-rac.html.

After reviewing the ideas online, hunters can give feedback to Regional Advisory Council members by attending upcoming advisory meeting or by sending an email.

RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board. The board will meet in Salt Lake City on Sept. 1 to approve cougar and bobcat rules for Utah's 2016-17 seasons.

Dates, times and locations for the RAC meetings are as follows:

• Central region: July 26, 6:30 p.m., Springville Civic Center, 110 S Main, Springville

• Northern region: July 27, 6 p.m., Brigham City Community Center, 24 N. 300 West, Brigham City

• Southern region: Aug. 2, 7 p.m., Beaver High School, 800 W. 200 South, Richfield

• Southeastern region, Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m., John Wesley Powell Museum, 1765 E. Main, Green River

• Northeastern region, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m., DWR Northeastern Region Office, 318 N. Vernal Ave., Vernal

Hunters can also provide comments to via email. For a list of email addresses, log on to wildlife.utah.gov/rac-members.html.